Punjab Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has expressed his concern at the recent hike in the prices of DAP and NPK fertilizers. He has called upon the central govt to balance the effect of the price rise by adequately subsidizing the supply of fertilizers to farmers.
In Mr Badal’s view, as the international fertilizer market had stabilized in terms of price development, the central govt should share the increased burden through raising the subsidy level instead of imposing further financial obligations on farmers.
Chief Minster has charged that the central government’s solitary preoccupation is to reduce its subsidy bill and is barely bothered about the welfare of farmers.
In a statement issued at Chandigarh, Punjab Chief Minister has slammed the central govt’s anti-farmer attitude and termed its obsession with saving money at the cost of farmers a move that may queer the country’s economic pitch.