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Punjab CM hopeful state will not face labour shortage for paddy sowing

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Saturday expressed hope that the state might not face labour shortage for paddy sowing, saying 10 lakh migrant labourers were still present in the state. We have a total 13 lakh labourers in the state and around three lakh workers have gone back (to their native places). Still we have 10 lakh labourers in the state, Singh said in his Facebook Live programme #AskCaptain . If they (labourers) get work then why will they go back and possibly they stay back and hopefully, there will be no labour shortage, said Singh in response to a question on labour shortage for paddy sowing. He also advocated the use of direct seeding of paddy which is less labour intensive operation. Notably, farmers have expressed apprehension that with migrant labourers returning to their native places in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, paddy growers would face labour shortage for paddy transplantation next month. The chief minister also appreciated the hard-working ...

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