The Punjab Cabinet approved a policy on Wednesday to provide aid to cotton picking field labourers whose crops have been damaged by the pink bollworm insect assault.
According to a government statement, 10% of the total compensation would be granted to agricultural labourers injured by the pest attack on the cotton crop as a result of this decision.
Cotton crops in Mansa, Sangrur, Bathinda, Sri Muktsar Sahib, and Barnala districts were severely damaged by the pink bollworm.
Last month, the Punjab government approved the release of over 416 crore to compensate cotton growers for crop losses caused by the pink bollworm infestation.
Ten percent of this sum would be distributed as relief to cotton pickers.
On the subject of post-matric scholarship for scheduled caste students, the cabinet discussed the difficulties that SC students encounter as a result of the scheme.
It was noted that the Centre has discontinued contributing its part of 60% under this plan as of 2016, according to the statement.
As a result, the Cabinet agreed that the state government would be responsible for 40% of the liabilities, totaling Rs 433.96 crore, which would be paid out in two instalments over the fiscal years 2021-22 and 2022-23.
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi presided over the cabinet meeting.
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