Amritsar farmers protest against agricultural policies

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2016 14:50 IST
Farmers raising slogans against the Centre and the state government outside the deputy commissioner’s office in Amritsar on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT Photo)

Forming ‘Kisan, Jawani Te Pani Bachao Morcha’ (save farmers, youth and water front), the farmers organisations having inclination toward left ideology staged a protest on Friday outside deputy commissioner office here against the governments’ policies in agrarian field.

Criticising the Centre as well as the state governments for their ignorance toward the crisis of farmers, activists of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, Sarab Hind Kisan Sabha and Punjab Kisan Sabha alleged that the governments are responsible for the suicides committed by the farmers who reel under debt.

Jamhoori Kisan Sabha state president Satnam Singh Ajnala said the policies being adopted by the governments since decades have pushed the farmer community into deep mess. “As costs of cultivation is higher than the income in the occupation, the farmers cannot get rid the debt on them without the help of the government, which does not take the issue seriously,” he added.

“The governments are pro-corporate and do not care for the interests of the farmers as well as labourers. It resulted into suicides which are being witnessed in a large number in Punjab and other agrarian state of country,” said Ratan Singh Ajnala, another farmer leader.

Many other leaders also addressed the protesters and urged the governments to review their approach toward agriculture, otherwise the farmers, on whom the economy depends, will destroy and yield dire consequences.

They also handed over a memorandum containing various demands to deputy commissioner Varun Roojam.

Farmers hold rally in Gurdaspur

Gurdaspur: Members of the local units of the Pagri Sambhal Jatta Lehar, Jamhoori Kisan Sabha, All India Kisan Sabha, Punjab Kisan Union and Doaba Kisan Sangarsh Committee jointly held a rally at the Nehru Park in Gurdaspur and took out a march in the main markets of the town and staged a dharna outside deputy commissioner’s office here on Friday to press for their demands.

The speakers — Kanwalpreet Singh Kaki, Gurpartap Singh, Gulzar Singh Basant Kot, Baldev Singh Khehra Sultan, Ajit Singh Thakkar Sandhu, Sukhdev Singh Bhagokanwan, Balbir Singh Randhawa — alleged that the SAD-BJP alliance government was ruining the farming community in Punjab.

They said the then Badal government itself had made the SYL and now it was kidding by filling it up with earth.

They said the outstanding payments against sugarcane supplied to cooperative sugar mills have not been made to the farmers.

They demanded that a government job and Rs 5 lakh grant be given to the family of the farmer who has committed suicide. They demanded that the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission be implemented and the fixation of prices of the farm produce be linked to price index.

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