Joining the protest against the government's inaction to uproot farmers from the panchayat land of Hariau Khurd village, which entered into the 13th day on Monday, Patiala MLA and former MoS, Preneet Kaur, vehemently condemned the state government for displacing a large number of families from the village land and said this could have been easily avoided.
The farmers had gathered in large number in front of the Patiala deputy commissioner's office to protest against the Punjab government.
To express her solidarity with the affected families, Preneet Kaur demanded that the Punjab government should arrange to rehabilitate the families who have been dislodged and that the essential services such as water, electricity, etc, be restored to them.
She was accompanied by Ex MLA Nirmal Singh and other Congress leading workers from Shutrana.
Preneet was emotionally moved on hearing the eyewitness accounts about the happenings on the fateful day from some of the young girls participating in the protest. "These small children used to help their parents in harvesting crops early mornings and send the same to the market.
After attending to household chores, they used to go to school. Even after school hours, they assisted their families to earn livelihood. The girls felt that 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao' appears to them as an empty slogan because they do not feel protected and secured after what had happened with them at Hariau Khurd," said Preneet.
She said about 60 families were badly affected with the wrongful eviction enforced by the administration. 90 percent of the people who have lost their homes and land belong to the backward and economically weaker sections. It may be mentioned that majority of the affected people were those migrated from Pakistan in 1947 and laboured very hard to make these lands cultivable.
Meanwhile, the Bharti Kisan Union (Dakaunda) has decided to intensify the stir. BKU district president Dr Darshan Pal said the farmers would gherao the residence of politicians of ruling party, apart from blocking the road, if government failed to resolve the issue and handed over the land back to the farmers.