Kangar (Rupnagar), Nov 11: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today launched a campaign for an all round development and economic regeneration in Kandi, Bet, Border and waterlogged areas of the state with a pilot project for seven villages in the Kandi area of Nurpurbedi Block in Rupnagar District today.
The Chief Minister visited village Sandhoa, Barari, Chandpur Asmani, Basali, Kangar, Jhandian and Balewal, which have been covered under the pilot project, and held ''Sangat Darshan'' (public meeting) there for on the spot redressal of the problems of the residents.
Under the campaign, which was conceived by a committee headed by Punjab Farmers Commission chairman G S Kalkat, various development activities including upgradation of education, health and road infrastructure, introduction of employment oriented skill training centers and starting Citrus, Amla and Bamboo plantation, vegetable and food cultivation, beekeeping, fisheries, poultry and dairy farming units would be undertaken across the state.
Talking to media persons at village Kangar, Mr Badal said the underlying objective of the campaign was to boost the income of the farmers in these areas who were facing economic hardships on account of marginal returns on the farm production.
He said the Citrus Council constituted by the State Government would bear the entire expenditure of Citrus Plantation on the land given by the willing farmers and panchayats and in return the owners would get lump sum remuneration of Rs 10,000 per acre annually for six consecutive years.
He said the farmers of these areas were somewhat reluctant to accept the scheme. However, the government would make efforts to persuade them to accept the scheme, for their benefit.