Punjab: Farm labourers hold protest to demand debt waiver
The unions have said that farm labourers are also under debt and have been termed as farmers by the Swaminathan Commission; and thus should be provided waiver.punjab Updated: Jun 23, 2017 00:02 IST
Farm labourers on a call by three organisations staged protest in different villages and burnt effigies of the Punjab government for not providing debt waiver to them while giving relief to small and marginal farmers.
In Bathinda district, they protested at Kotha Guru village where Punjab Khet Majdoor Union leader Tirath Singh addressed the protesters. In Faridkot, protests were held in Nangal and Bhana villages.
Pendu Majdoor Union and Zameen Prapati Sangharsh Committee were also part of the agitation, announced to be held in villages across the state also on Friday and Saturday.
The unions have said that farm labourers are also under debt and have been termed as farmers by the Swaminathan Commission; and thus should be provided waiver. The unions have said that even in the term of the previous government, farm labourers were not provided compensation for loss of cotton crop due to whitefly pest attack, and unions had to resort to protest after which the government provided some relief.