Chandigarh, Feb 6 (PTI) Haryana will establish a farmers’ welfare department to make agriculture remunerative, enhance productivity and mitigate the distress of farm households and landless workers, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said today.Also Read - Procurement of Kharif Crops to Start From Sunday in Haryana, Punjab: Centre Amid Farmers' Protests

Khattar made the announcement of establishing ‘Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’ while interacting with farmers during the ‘Ek Aur Sudhar’ programme organised here. Also Read - Police Use Water Canons on Farmers Protesting Outside Haryana CM's Residence | Watch

State Agriculture Minister O P Dhankar and Minister of State for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Karan Dev Kamboj were also present on the occasion, an official release said. Also Read - Police Use Water Cannons During Clash With Farmers in Haryana's Jhajjar | WATCH

The chief minister said that the state government is sensitive to the condition of the farmers and decided to establish the ‘Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran’ to provide relief to farm households.

Recently, he had announced rolling out one reform every month and in the same series, it has been decided to establish the department, he added.

The Chief Minister would be the chairperson of the Haryana Kisan Kalyan Pradhikaran, while the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister would be the ex-officio vice- chairman, the release added.

The department will undertake all possible measures to make agriculture remunerative and enhance agricultural productivity to mitigate the physical, financial and psychological distress of farm households and landless workers.

It will also maintain close liaison with line departments for implementation and monitoring of schemes, programmes and projects thorough the Agriculture Advisory Council and issue necessary guidelines from time to time, it said.

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