CM writes to Centre over delay in setting up horticulture research centre

CHANDIGARH, JANUARY 27: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare Radha Mohan Singh over the inordinate delay in the project to set up Post Graduate Institute of Horticulture Research and Education (PGIHRE) at Amritsar.

In his letter, the Chief Minister pointed out that the Punjab Government, after accepting the central government proposal, had transferred 100 acres of land at Attari, Amritsar and another 50 acres at Abohar for establishment of the Horticulture Research centre. It may be recalled that the Union Finance Minister had announced the setting up of a Post Graduate Institute of Horticulture Research and Education (PGIHRE) in Punjab at Amritsar while presenting the Union Budget 2015-16.

Later, as per their requirement, a team of Director of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE)/Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) had identified another 25-30 acres of additional land on the Amritsar-Attari national highway for the purpose of establishing an administrative-cum-academic campus and student hostel. However, in spite of repeated written and personal reminders, no confirmation was forthcoming from DARE/ICAR to enable the Punjab Government to acquire this expensive additional land in the interest of finalising and starting this prestigious project, added Captain Amarinder.

Seeking personal intervention of the minister, the Chief Minister said the proposed state-of-the-art Institute of Horticulture, Research and Education should be made operational without any further delay, as it would go a long way in benefitting the state and the nation. The institute would also help motivate farmers to shift from traditional agriculture to horticulture to supplement their income, he added.

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