After more than two decades, the Punjab government may start charging the state\u2019s rich farmers for the electricity consumed for farming, a move that could also curb excessive use of groundwater for cultivation of rice and wheat in the sate. According to the draft farmers\u2019 policy, unveiled by the Punjab State Farmers\u2019 and Farm Workers\u2019 Commission, \u201cpower subsidy will be strictly restricted to non-income tax payee farmers\u201d. It added that initially, farmers owing 4 hectares of land or more will have to pay a flat rate of Rs 100 per BHP per month for electricity; subsequently, it suggested, power subsidy should be rationed to such farmers subject to a \u201cfinancial cap\u201d. The commission\u2019s chairman Ajay Vir Jakhar told FE: \u201cWe are not asking the government for any additional expenditure.\u201d Once the feedback is received from the public by end of this month, the suggestions will be examined and those found suitable would be incorporated in the final report, he added. The Comptroller and Auditor General had pulled up the state government for huge state subsidy for power; the annual cost of such support is estimated to be over Rs 6,000 crore currently. The draft policy also calls for a law to enable land leasing and making 'takseem' mandatory at the time of inheritance of property. \u201cMake the administration liable for ensuring that common lands are maintained for community use,\u201d it said. According to the commission, area-specific crop production plans based on natural endowments and market demand should be evolved. It proposed the setting up of market intelligence cell and promotion of \u201cFood of Punjab\u201d. \u201cReorganise Markfed and PSIC to ensure processing and marketing of farmers' produce,\u201d the panel said.