LAHORE - The representatives of farmers called on Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif at Model Town Friday.  The visitors praised the CM for introducing pro-farmers policies, a handout said.

President of Khalid Khokhar group of Kissan Ittehad said subsidy on fertilisers will help fix their financial problems. The Ch Anwar group called the chief minister a well-wisher of farmers.

Both the groups thanked Shehbaz for his farmer-friendly initiatives. They also gave different proposals for the development of the agriculture and the CM assured them of considering these.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said: “Pakistan will be prosperous if farmers are prosperous and keeping this thing in view, the PML-N government has taken revolutionary steps for the development of the agriculture sector. The government has given Rs14.5 billion subsidy on agri tube-wells, while 1.75 lakh farmers have been given interest-free loans. “

He went on to say: “For the first time, the subsidy has been given on potassium, while subsidy is also given on gypsum in 11 different districts. There is no other example of such a package in 70 years history of the country.

“Rural roads have been constructed and repaired with a cost of Rs85 billion. farmers have been served by providing the necessary resources and their problems have also been settled on a priority basis and the same will be done in future, as well.”

He said load-shedding has been overcome to a large extent and the farmers will get cheap electricity through gas power projects. Now it’s unbecoming for the farmers to stag sit-ins for the solution of their problems as the sit-ins have always caused damage to the nation. The sit-ins have left no stone unturned to ruin the country and the elements who staged sit-ins will have to bear the consequences, he added.

Also, Punjab Governor Rafique Rajwana met the chief minister.  During the meeting, development projects relating to public welfare and overall law and order situation in the province was discussed in detail.  Talking on the occasion, the CM said the PML-N government has written a new history of public service by working with honesty.  He said development of southern Punjab is a priority of the government.

The governor said CM has set examples of public service by working day and night and people of the province are fully benefiting from the steps taken by the government.

“Shehbaz Sharif has proved with his acts that his heart beats for the people and he is the best role model for the solution of the problems of the people,” he added.

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