Shiromani Akali Dal leader Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Tuesday that his party would submit memoranda to deputy commissioners of state on May 28 to demand an investigation into the alleged fraud.
Badal said “spurious” varieties of paddy seed were sold to farmers at three times the cost of authentic seeds.
In a statement, the SAD leader said that senior party leaders, including MPs, former MPs, legislators, constituency representatives and district presidents would submit the memoranda to the deputy commissioners.
It was shocking that after the State Department of Agriculture registered an FIR in Ludhiana on May 11 following farmers’ complaints that they were being supplied with “spurious” seeds, some congressional leaders began to act now in action to provide “political cover for scamsters”. , he alleged.
“No action has been taken on the matter,” said Badal, adding that police had not seized the godowns or the unit based in Gurdaspur that supplied “spurious” paddy seeds. “.
The government is ready to allow lakhs of farmers to suffer only because the owner of the unit is a close associate of a minister, he said.
“We will not allow this to happen and we will force the government to punish all those who push hard-working farmers to commit suicide,” he said.
On May 23, the opposition party claimed that a close associate of a cabinet minister was involved in the supply of “spurious” paddy seeds, the sale of which had not been approved by the Agricultural University of Punjab (PAU).
A raid was carried out in a seed shop in Ludhiana and more than 750 quintals of seed packaged in PR-129 and 100 quintals of seed packaged in PR-128 were seized, the party said.
But he also said that no action had been taken against the supplier.
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