Over a dozen organisations of farmers and labourers have warned of protest in Badal village if their demands are not met in their meeting with Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal slated to be held on December 17.
In a press release issued here, Kissan Sangharsh Committee (KSC) president Satnam Singh Pannu said the meeting would be held on Thursday around 10.30 am at Punjab Bhawan in Chandigarh, wherein they would raise various sensitive issues concerned with farmer and labour classes.
“If pending issues are not addressed seriously and resolved in the meeting, the stakeholders will stage a permanent dharna at Badal village, home village of Parkash Singh Badal, from January 6,” he said.
He said, “In the meeting, we will demand to pay bonus to growers of basmati PUSA-1509 and basmati PUSA-1121 as compensation for facing huge financial loss due to low prize of these crops. Issue of forming basmati trading corporation by setting minimum support prize for the basmati varieties will also be taken up with the CM”.
Lashing out at agriculture minister Tota Singh, he said it was shameful for the government that he still enjoyed freedom despite his ‘involvement’ in pesticides scam which created deep mess for cotton growers and forced some of them to commit suicide.
For the loss for cotton crop, he sought compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre to farmers and Rs 20,000 to labourers. “The CM will also be asked not to implement anti-democratic ‘Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 2014’ which would crushed people’s right to protest,” he added.