STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: J&K Kissan Council has expressed disappointment over neglect of farming sector in recently announced economic package by the Lt Governor of J&K Union Territory and demanded a financial package of Rs 500 crore for agriculture sector. In a statement issued on Sunday, the President of the Council Tejinder Singh Wazir said that the farmers of the Union Territory kept the wheel of economy running braving COVID-19 pandemic despite slump in market due to restrictions on participation of people in marriages, religious celebrations, visit to religious places and other social celebrations. In reality, the farmers have suffered a serious blow, he added.“On one hand it is said that farming is the largest employment source and the biggest rural based enterprise, but it is sad that no financial assistance or support has been provided to the sector. It may be well in place to mention that although the proactive approach of Principal Secretary to the Government, Agriculture Department has accelerated timely submission of action plans, all relevant utilisation certificates, etc by concerned departments to the government, but not even a single penny has been released for implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes like RKVY, PMDP etc,” he asserted. He further urged the Lt Governor to announce a financial package of Rs 500 crore for agriculture and allied sectors for 2020-21 to facilitate purchase of essential inputs by farmers, establishment of need based infrastructure in villages and implementation of Crop Insurance and KCC schemes to reduce burden on farming community.
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