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Punjab farmers block rail traffic, slam government for anti-farmer stance

chandigarh Updated: Oct 29, 2011 20:02 IST
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Responding to the statewide call, various organizations of farmers in Punjab blocked the rail traffic for more than three hours to protest against the centre and state government’s anti peasant policies.

In Patiala the protestors sat on the railway tracks and accused the Union and State government for being indifferent to the current agrarian crisis spread across the country and other related issues.

Addressing farmers Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) President Dr Darshan Pal lashed out at the political class for not paying heed to the agriculture sector upon which 70 percent of Indian population is dependent for livelihood.

“It’s just a token protest. If the government fails to full fill our genuine demands, the farmers will blocked rail for indefinite time in coming days”, warned he demanding an early announcement of bonus on paddy.

He said that due to shortage of fertilizer, farmers are being forced to purchase it on higher rates. He said that government must enhance subsidy in the agriculture sector.

Rejecting the MSP of wheat, The farmers also demanded increase in it and asked that the determination of MSP should be linked with rising input costs of the agriculture sector.

Due to blockade the rail traffic toward Patiala-Hisar route was disturbed and the passengers faced problems.

In Amritsar farmers under the banner of 17 different organizations, started a march from the district irrigation office at around 12.30 pm and moved towards the railway station.

Various trains, including Flying Mail, Shan-e-Punjab and some others, were disrupted due to the dharna.

Making a dig at the government, the farmer leaders stressed that the government had failed to control the rising prices of fertilizers and today the farmers of Punjab were struggling to meet their expenses. Besides, the farmers also demanded Rs 500 bonus on paddy crop and also demanded that the government should waive off all the bills of farm workers. The activists stressed that if the demands of the farmer unions were not met, thousands of farmers from across the state would stage a dharna in Chandigarh from November 22.

In Sangrur activists of 17 farmer and labour organizations blocked railway traffic at railway crossing of Barnala to protest against the acquisition of 186 acres of land for Gobindpura Thermal Power Plant.