Lahore:  The Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has assured the delegation of cultivators that their problems will be resolved on priority basis.

A delegation of cultivators led by Central President Kisaan Ittehad met Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif at Chief Minister’s Office late Monday night, where the negotiations between Kisaan Ittehad and Punjab government have been successful, said a press release issued on Tuesday.

The Chief Minister said that he has taken notice of complaints regarding gunny bags and is getting them investigated and action will be taken against the guilty persons. He said that he had also talked to Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif before his departure for London about solution of the problems of cultivators.

He mentioned that the Punjab government has given a package of Rs100 billion for the welfare of farmers and development of agriculture sector which will be implemented in two years. He said that implementation of this package will result in prosperity of farmers and uplift of agriculture sector.

The Chief Minister said that there is a need to make extension and research wing of Agriculture Department more active. He said that collective efforts are needed to enable farmers stand on their feet and short, medium and long term measures are required for this purpose.  He said that the interest of farmers will be protected at any cost.

He said that recommendations regarding agri package will soon be finalized and announced and measures in this regard will be taken in the budget. The Chief Minister constituted a committee headed by Chief Secretary for resolving the issue of electricity bills. The committee with the help of representatives of farmers will evolve a procedure with regard to electricity bills. In response to the demand of the cultivators, Shehbaz Sharif directed MEPCO and LESCO not to disconnect connections till May 30 and receive only the current bill.

Central President Kisaan Ittehad Khalid Mehmood Khokhar said that he has full confidence in the leadership of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif as he fulfills his promises. He said that Chief Minister