Chandigarh, Oct 31 (UNI) Several representatives of farmers' organisations today honoured Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda as 'Kisan Rattan'.
The representatives included office bearers of Bartiya Kisan Union, BKU Talmel Samiti, Kisan Sangathan, Kisan Bhawan, Panipat, Kisan Sangharsh Samiti and Kisan Khet Mazdoor Congress.
The representatives, along with many farmers, called on the Chief Minister at his residence to express their gratitude for making concrete efforts for lifting ban on the export of non-basmati rice and for other decisions taken by the Haryana Government to safeguard the interests of the farmers.
The Kisan leaders assured the Chief Minister that they would cooperate with him in implementing farmer-welfare policies to the maximum extent.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said he was born in a Kisan family and he was well aware of the problems of the farmers. He said he would always remain committed for the welfare of the farmers.
Mr Hooda highlighted many schemes of the government which included waiving off power bill arrears to the tune of Rs 1600 crore, waiving of interest of cooperative loans to the tune of Rs 830 crore, enhancing compensation for land acquisition and making efforts for equitable distribution of irrigation water and launching projects to get rid of the power problems.
President of the Bhartiya Kisan Union Haryana Branch Ajit Singh Habri, while thanking the Chief Minister for implementing pro-farmer policies, said in the past Kisan Unions had always opposed the government since the inception of Haryana in 1996.
''It is the first time that representatives of Kisan Unions have called on the Chief Minister at Chandigarh to express their gratitude for safeguarding the interest of the farmers.