Lahore: Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan, Senator Sirajul Haq, has called upon the government to solve the problems being faced by the growers to ensure raise in farm produce and to provide relief to the farmers.
He was talking to a delegation of the Kisan Board Pakistan that called on him at Mansoora. The delegation was led by KBP chief Sadiq Khan Khakwani and also included former Member FBR Farfraz Ahmed Khan. The delegation apprised the JI chief of the problems of the growers.
The JI chief said that almost seventy per cent of the country’s population was associated with agriculture but they were facing numerous problems.
He demanded grant of interest free loans to the growers, fixation of support price for major crops and its strict compliance, fixation of flat rate for agricultural tube wells to provide electricity to the farmers on low rates and waving off Sales tax on agricultural inputs, He said the farm per acre output in the country was one of the lowest only because of the apathy of the rulers to the growers problems.
He also demanded immediate compensation for the people affected by the rains and floods. He stressed that large scale arrangements should be made for relief to the affected people. He said that heavy floods had been hitting the country every year and causing colossal floods but the government had not made any planning to prevent the floods or to minimize their losses.
Sirajul Haq said that 90 per cent of the growers owned less than 12 and a half acres of land and had limited means, and the per acre yield was low due to their lack of resources.
He said that it was through the voters of the rural masses that most of the assembly members got elected but these people remained poor and neglected.
He said there was dire need for a strong movement to get rid of the feudal lords, vaderas and capitalists who were controlling the government.