Members of Jamhoori Kisan Sabha (JKS) held a meeting on Sunday and decided to protest against the irrigation department for failing to supply water in the villages situated at the tail-end of the Kotla branch in Mansa. The union members have also decided to raise the issue of stray cattle and loose electric wires hovering over their fields, which is a lurking danger for farmers.
“Farmers across the districts of Bathinda and Mansa have been facing acute shortage of irrigation water in their villages situated at the tail end. Despite our protests, we have only been given verbal assurances, while nothing has been done to resolve the issue. The wheat crop is almost in its final stage and without water, a financial loss is lurking on the farmers," said union member Iqbal Singh Phaphre.
Among other issues which the farmers have decided to raise is the stray cattle menace.
Farmers in several villages have to shell money on guards who ride on horses and keep an eye, so that stray cattle does not harm the crops in Mansa. Despite repeated assurances from the chief of cow sewa commission and the district administration, the issue of stray cattle remains unresolved.
“We will hold a protest on Tuesday and will submit a memorandum to the deputy commissioner on Thursday, asking him to take the necessary steps to save us from crop damage,” said Iqbal.
The union has also decided to draw the attention of the district administration towards loose electric wires passing over the fields, which often lead to fire in their fields during the harvest season.