Punjab to release 1.50 lakh tubewell connections to farmers from December

Fazilka/November 7
Punjab government on Thursday announced to release 1.50 lakh tubewell connections from December to farmers of the state.
Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the state government will provide irrigation water to farmer round the year to facilitate the farmers and encourage crop diversification. Further, the irrigation department had been ordered to complete all formalities like increasing capacity of canals in this context.
Badal said that under Atta Dal scheme, beneficiaries would be able to get atta at Rs one kg from next month. He also ordered Public Health Department officials to provide drinking water in all villages of Fazilka in a month. He also asked the officials of concerned department to submit report in this regard on weekly basis.
Badal also urged the Congress led UPA Government to open Fazilka Border for trade with Pakistan and other Central Asian Countries. “Punjab is the traditional trade route between India and Arabic Countries, which should be opened to trade again keeping in view the economic aspects of country,” Badal said, adding that Punjab could export Basmati and vegetables to Central Asian Countries as there was a huge demand for Basmati in these countries.
He also urged union government to extend the list of exported items upto 1400 items at par with the ports of the country.