Cotton farmers continue protest in Malwa, demand Rs 40,000 compensation per acre

  • Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Sep 29, 2015 10:33 IST
Cotton farmers staging protest in Bathinda on Monday. (HT Photo)

Even as the Punjab government has announced RS 8,000 compensation for the loss of cotton crop sown over one acre land, disgruntled farmers here continued their protest for the 12th consecutive day, demanding that the amount should be Rs 40, 000.

The farmers also held protests in Mansa, Barnala and Sangrur on Monday on the issue and threatened to intensify their stir in the coming days. The Bathinda district administration has received `114 crore to be disbursed as compensation to farmers. Cotton crop on 1.45 lakh acres of land has suffered total damage due to whitefly attack in three subdivisions of the district while girdawari for one subdivision is yet to be finalised. The area is about 40% of the total land under cotton cultivation in the district.

Cotton crop on 1.53 lakh acres in Mansa district has suffered total loss due to the pest attack.

Bathinda DC Basant Garg said Rs 8,000 compensation for one acre would be disbursed among farmers in three subdivisions.

The protesting farmers have straightaway rejected the compensation amount as meagre. The farmers said they would continue the protest in support of their demand for Rs 40,000 compensation for one acre.

Farmer cremated amid tight security

The cremation of farmer Kuldeep Singh, who had committed suicide during a protest last week by consuming poison, was done at Chughe Kalan village on Monday morning in the presence of heavy police force.

The administration brought the victim’s body from the Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, on Sunday night and post-mortem was conducted at the civil hospital early in the morning. The administration has given `5 lakh compensation to the affected family and the process for providing job to one of his family members is underway. Angry farmer union leaders blamed the Punjab government for resorting to pressurise the family to go for cremation.

BKU (Ekta-Ugrahan) leader Sukhdev Singh Khokri Kalan alleged that the administration resorted to pressure tactics to convince the family to cremate the deceased and brought the body in the night.

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