Punjab to introduce 'flat rates' for tube wells
03 September, 2013
LAHORE: The Punjab government has devised a mechanism to introduce flat rates for tube wells to resolve one of the major problems of grain growers across the province, and Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will announce the package soon.
This was revealed by provincial Minister for Agriculture Dr Farrukh Javed while concluding the general debate on the issue of Wheat Support Price in the Punjab Assembly session on Monday. He also hinted at constitution of a parliamentary committee to deal with the issues of agriculturists. He told the House that his government would fight for the right of Punjab in the federal government with full strength. He said that his government has allocated funds of Rs 4.5 billion for subsidy as wheat support price during the current fiscal year.
Concluding the general debate on the wheat support price Food Minister Bilal Yasin told the House that the PML-N government would consider all suggestions presented by the assembly members in the general debate as well as the suggestion to visit India. The legislators suggested during the debate that the government should form a committee of the House to resolve issues facing the farmers, tenants and growers. Some of them also opposed the government's policy to increase support prices of wheat.
The Punjab Assembly session on Monday saw 11 newly elected MPAs taking oath. They are: PMLN's Ch Sarfraz Afzal, Azad Ali Tabassam, Ch Akhtar Abbas Bosal, Kh Manshaullah Butt, Kh Salman Rafiq, Ch Gulzar Ahmad, Rana Babar Hussain, PPP's Makhdoom Syed Ali Akbar Mehmood, PTIs Ahmad Ali Dareshak, and Ali Raza Dareshak.
Soon after the question hour on the livestock and dairy department, the joint opposition in the Punjab Assembly staged a walkout from the House in protest against disallowance to move its anti-price hike resolution. The opposition was of the view that it had no right to sit in the Punjab Assembly if it could not discuss the issues related to masses, especially the issue of increase in inflation and petroleum prices.
Speaking on a point of order, opposition leader Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed said that they had filed a resolution against recent increase in petroleum prices that should be allowed to move into the House 'out of turn'. The speaker did not agree with him, saying that law minister was not present in the House so it would be taken up on another day. On this, the opposition members staged a token walkout but returned after fifteen minutes and did not raise the point again.
During the question hour on livestock, Food Minister Bilal Yasin answered queries of the legislators. The treasury members criticised the role of livestock department in supplying halal meat to the citizens of Lahore. Treasury members Rahila Khadam Hussain, Dr Farzana Nazir, Mian Rafique and Aleem Shah asked about supply of carrion meat to the city and irregularities in slaughter houses. The House observed that the citizens were not being provided halal meat.