The farmer unions in Punjab have decided to collectively step up agitation in support of their demands and will be staging three days protest on July 27, 28 and 29 at all district headquarters in Punjab.
The decision came at a meeting of 12 farmer unions in Moga on Thursday. The meeting was attended by representatives of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), BKU (Ekta Dakaundha), BKU (Krantikari), Punjab Kisan Sabha, Kisan Sabha Punjab, Kisan Sangharsh Committee Punjab, Punjab Kisan Sangharsha Committee, Kisan Sangharsh Committee (Azad), Jamhuri Kisan Sabha and Kirti Kisan Union.
BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) leader Shingara Singh Mann said the strike would build pressure on the state government to accept the farmers’ demands, and the ongoing protest outside the district administrative complex in Bathinda would continue.
The protest entered its 39th day on Friday. Mann said the unions would decide the next course after the three-day protest. The farmers under the banner of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) had started the protest in Bathinda on May 24 and are at it daily since.
The protesting farmers are demanding waiver of debt of farmers and farm labourers, compensation to tune of Rs 5 lakh to the family of farm suicide victims, fresh survey of farm suicide cases to ascertain actual number of farmers’ suicides due to debt, compensation at rate of Rs 40,000 per acre for the loss of cotton crop due to whitefly attack and legislation of farmer friendly laws.