Punjab farmers’ bodies to hold rally at Ramlila Ground in Delhi soon

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Jun 07, 2016 15:41 IST
All India Kissan Sabha national general secretary Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon addressing the farmers at Bhawanigarh on Monday. (HT Photo)

Farmers, on Monday, announced to organise a massive rally against the central government at Ramlila Ground, Delhi in the upcoming months.

Addressing a gathering at 38th State Farmer’s Convention at Bhawanigarh, the leaders of farmers’ unions expressed deep concern over the escalating incidents of suicides by farmers due to anti-farmer policies of the SAD-BJP government in the state. They also shared their concern regarding the growing crop losses due to increasing number of stray cattle and asked the state administration to get rid of this menace.

The convention held at the Grain Market, Bhawanigarh saw participation of large number of farmers from the Malwa region. The convention was addressed by Hanan Mulla, national general secretary of All India Kissan Sabha, Sukhwinder Singh Sekhon, general secretary of Punjab state committee of farmers and other district leaders of farmers.

Mulla said the Modi-led BJP government had failed to deliver its promises made to the farming community. He said the farmers from all over the country would protest and hold a massive rally at Ramlila Ground, Delhi in the upcoming months.

He said in this paddy season, farmers’ were spending Rs 1,6001,700 per quintal on sowing and growing of paddy. “However, the government has decided MSP of paddy at Rs 1,410 per quintal, which was a joke on the farmers’ community. Such inhuman decision of the government leads farmers to commit suicide. The government should fix price of paddy price at Rs 2,000 per quintal,” he said.

Sekhon said the government was following the compensation policies made by Britishers, which needed amendments. He said in case of crop failure, the government should give the farmers a compensation of Rs 35,000.

Mulla said in all sectors, the producer decided the selling price of their product, but in farming sector, that price was decided by other people. He said there was 26 percent increase in suicides of farmers, which was only because of the government’s anti-farmer policies.

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