Farmers and labourers ended their 3-day protest at Moga on Friday. However, their leaders announced that they would continue their protest till their demands were accepted and called a meeting on November 18 to discuss future course of action.
Members of eight kisan unions and four labour unions had been protesting since Wednesday opposite the deputy commissioner’s (DC) office in Moga.
On Friday, farmers held a protest march from the DC’s office to the main crossing and then announced to end the protest.
The farmers are demanding Rs 4,500 per quintal for the 1509 basmati variety and Rs 5,000 for 1121 variety and a compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre for the loss to the cotton crop and Rs 20,000 per acre to farm labourers.
General secretary of Bhartiya Kisan Union Sukhdev Singh Kokri said that the government had accepted some demands of farmers at the October 12 meeting at Chandigarh, but most others are still pending.
He said that so far the compensation has not been given to actual cultivators of cotton and `64 crore meant for farm laborers have not been released. Even the arrears of Rs 135 crore of sugarcane growers have not been released by the government.
State president of the Punjab Kisan Union Ruldu Singh Mansa demanded that agricultural loans of farmers should be waived. He rejected the increase in MSP of wheat crop from the next session and demanded that the price of wheat should be declared by adding 50 per cent profit to actual production cost.
The leaders said that the government was hesitant in registering a criminal case against the pesticide supplier company and agriculture minister Tota Singh was trying to befool the people by registering a case only against director of agriculture Mangal Singh Sandhu.