BKU demands withdrawal of 'anti-farmer' land ordinance

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Moga
  • Updated: Mar 12, 2015 19:49 IST

Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) (Ekta-Ugrahan) held a protest here on Thursday against the Union and state governments and demanded the withdrawal of the land acquisition ordinance. The BKU also demanded implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report.

The protesters burnt the copies of the ordinance and blocked traffic on the Moga-Ludhiana and Moga-Ferozepur highways.

The BKU has also threatened to launch a state-wide agitation against the government if it fails to fulfil the farmers' demands.

Addressing the gathering, state general secretary of the union Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan said: "The Punjab government has failed to fulfil the demands of farmers and other workers."

"Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal have adopted anti-farmer policies and hundreds of farmers have been forced to commit suicide. The state government is indifferent to the plight of farmers, especially in view of the rising cost of farm inputs and dwindling returns from the produce," he said.

The BKU also demanded Rs 20,000 per acre compensation for the damaged wheat crop due to rain and hailstorm.

BKU's district chief Amarjit Singh Saido Ke said the state government should give Rs 3 lakh compensation and a government job to a family member of every debt-ridden farmer and agriculture worker who committed suicide.

District president of the Democratic Teachers' Front Digvijay Pal Singh, vice-president of the BKU Nachhattar Singh Jhandeana and other leaders also spoke on the occasion.

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