Members of the Bhartiya Kisan Union-Dakaunda (BKU-Dakaunda) have decided to burn effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and stage a protests at all district headquarters on Monday to press him to accept their demand for increase in the cash withdrawal limit for agriculture purposes from banks.
The protests will be staged in front of the offices of all deputy commissioners (DCs) on November 28, where the farmers would raise their voice against the demonetisation. The union members claimed that the decision of scrapping the banknotes has left farmers struggling to buy fertilisers and other farm chemicals.
The union members were also annoyed over the decision of not accepting scrapped banknotes in co-operative banks. They claimed that these banks were the backbone of agriculture in Punjab and almost 70% farmers have their accounts in these banks.
The farmers are already stressed over the non-payment for the procured paddy and claimed that the government had not made payment for the paddy procured after October 22.
State general secretary of the union, Jagmohan Singh, said, “We will stage a protest in front of the office of the deputy commissioner demanding increase in the cash withdrawal limit for agricultural purposes and change the decision on cooperative bank.”
He added there are 800 branches of District Central Cooperative Bank in Punjab, having lakhs of accounts of farmers and labourers. Leaders claimed that banks have already banned all types of loans and it is becoming difficult for farmers as they do not have the required cash.