Punjab govt will protect farmers’ rights: Rizwan


Provincial Minister for Environmental Protection Mohammad Rizwan has said that the Punjab government will ensure the protection of farmers’ rights at any cost while no one will be allowed to store wheat and flour mills will also not be allowed to purchase wheat over quota.
He expressed these views during a visit to wheat centre along with Deputy Commissioner Dr Khurram Shahzad in Mangwal area of Gujarat.
Earlier he chaired a meeting in DC office, in which ADC Revenue Dr Rani Hafsa Kanwal, AC Kharian Faisal Abbas Mangat, DFC Masood Ahmed were also present.
Deputy Commissioner Dr Khurram Shahzad informed the minister that the assistance programme of government for the deserving families in Gujarat is continued while Rs 23 crore have been distributed among 18638 deserving families through 14 centres.
The deputy commissioner further briefed that due to the excellent security arrangements in all the centres in the district, the procedure of distribution will be completed soon under phase one.
After that, the minister in interaction with the farmers at wheat centre inquired about the facilities and expressed satisfaction over the steps taken by the district administration.
The DC briefed the minister that five centres have been set up for wheat procurement in Gujarat district and more than 400 applications have been received. The minister said that as per the directives of Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Bizdar all the basic facilities are being ensured at wheat procurement centres.
He also appreciated the steps taken in Gujarat to prevent corona and said that the current government under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan is taking all necessary steps to tackle this epidemic.

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