Ludhiana, Jan 26: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today launched a scheme to grant proprietary rights to the landless farmers on the payment of nominal prices and handed over allotment letters to 15 farmers of the district on the occasion of the 59th Republic Day.
The Punjab government has identified about 42,000 acres of evacuee land for distribution to the landless.
Addressing a gathering after unfurling the national tri-colour here Mr Badal said that the decision to confer proprietary rights upon these farmers would go a long way to strengthen the economic lot of the marginalised peasantry in the state.
Extending his warm greetings to all Punjabis living within the country and abroad, the Chief Minister reiterated the firm commitment of the SAD-BJP government to improve the economic and social conditions of the farmers and poor people by providing them better opportunities and facilities in terms of more employment generation, imparting better education, health care by upgrading existing infrastructure etc.
Reminiscing the unparalleled contributions of Punjab in bringing about the historic moment of Independence of the country, Mr Badal said, "80 per cent of the great warriors, who had made supreme sacrifices for attaining freedom, belonged to Punjab." He asked the Centre and State governments to take pledge on this auspicious day to undertake programmes and schemes exclusively for the development and welfare of the common man at the grass root levels.