Subsidised power means that the farmers continue to draw up groundwater indiscriminately through tube-wells for paddy cultivation.
The Punjab farmers are irked with the government for blowing a chance to save water and in turn, help them save money.
Farmers in three districts of Punjab have sown cotton instead of paddy for the first time in 20 years. This is a big achievement for the state.
With the non-availability of labour, farmers shifted to Direct Seeded Rice (DSR), that saves about 20 per cent of water used for agriculture.
In order to save its fast depleting water table, Haryana is disincentivising the cultivation of paddy.