A large number of Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) workers, led by its Haryana president Ashok Arora and Pehowa MLA Jasvinder Singh Sandhu, on Friday held a demonstration in front of district mini secretariat here to protest against 'anti-farmer' policies of the central and state governments.
The workers assembled near the old bus stand and went in a procession to the mini secretariat. The protesters were raising anti-government slogans. Speaking on the occasion, Arora and Sandhu asked the Centre and the state government to declare the entire Haryana as natural calamity-hit state and distribute compensation to the farmers without doing any special 'girdawari' of the standing crops.
They said that it had become necessary due to the damage caused by unseasonal rains and hailstorm which lashed the state on Wednesday and Thursday.
Arora said that there was not a single farmer left in the state whose wheat crop had not been completely damaged. They said that the people of Haryana used to learn from the newspapers that some farmers had committed suicide in UP or Bihar due to poor economic conditions, but it is for the first time that farmers in Haryana were ending their lives under the present BJP government.
They demanded a compensation of `15,000 per acre to each wheat farmer in areas where special 'girdawari', had not been conducted and `25,000 per acre to famers where 'girdawari' had been done. They also demanded a bonus of `300 per quintal for the wheat procured by government agencies.
They accused the BJP government at the Centre of adopting anti-farmer policies and alleged that the land acquisition ordinance has been issued to snatch the precious land of famers without their consent for the corporates and big industrial houses.
They alleged that though BJP came to power by promising to implement the Swaminathan Commission report to benefit farmers, after coming to power the party changed its stance and submitted an affidavit in Supreme Court that it was not possible to implement the report.
They demanded withdrawal of the land acquisition ordinance and implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations for the welfare of farmers.