Farmer unions demand debt waiver, hold state-level protest
Farmers across the state held a state-level protest cum ‘Karza Mukti (debt waiver) conference’ here at a grain market in Moga on Wednesday.punjab Updated: Oct 06, 2016 15:23 IST
Farmers across the state held a state-level protest cum ‘Karza Mukti (debt waiver) conference’ here at a grain market in Moga on Wednesday.
Protestors led by seven major farmers’ outfits including Bharti Kisan Union (BKU) Ekta, Bharti Kisan Union Dakonda, BKU Krantikari, Bharti Kisan Union Krantikari Punjab, Kirti Kisan Union, Kisan Sangarsh Committee and Azad Kisan Sangarsh Committee have been demanding waiving of debt completely.
Protestors blamed government for forcing more than three lakh farmers and farm labourers of the state to commit suicides. Protestors have also demanded loans on minimal interests, five lakh compensation and a government job for a family member of farmer who have committed suicide, spare land for poor farmers, withdrawing of first information reports (FIRs) on protesting farmers and 24 hours electricity supply. Protestors also asked for a solution to curb cattle menace.
Joginder Singh, representative of BKU Ekta while addressing the gathering said that if government can waive-off millions of rupee loans for international companies then why at the time of farmers the excuse of empty exchequers is being given.
“If the government fails to listen to our demands, farmers’ unions will be forced to intensify protests across the state,” he said.