February 7, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: ‘Sath’ on Tuesday organized a special discussion on ‘Punjab Agrarian Crisis’ at Panjab University Chandigarh where a lecture was held about the declining agrarian economy, farmer-laborer debts, damage to the environment and dying fertility of the land.
Dr. Gian Singh, a former professor at Economics department of Punjabi University Patiala, was invited as main speaker at this discussion organized by Panjab University’s newly formed student organization ‘Sath’.
Speaking at the occasion, Dr. Gian Singh said that the agrarian crisis can’t be confined to the farmers alone and it should also include farm laborers and rural artisans. He said that this is a multi-dimensional crisis and can’t be solved without the political will power .Talking about the various solutions, he added that all sections of the farming community should be provided minimum assured income so that they can have access to basic facilities such as health, education, social security etc.
Furthermore, he also presented his views on other two important aspects of agrarian crisis including depleting groundwater level and environmental pollution. He said that paddy crop is the primary reason behind declining water table and the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides is contributing to environmental pollution in Punjab.
Talking about ‘Sath’, Sukhwinder Singh from varsity’s Department of Human Rights and Responsibilities said that it is very important for students to consider the social and political problems seriously. A large number of students took part in this discussion and a question-answer session was held after the discussion.