With a demand for complete implementation of the recommendations of Dr Swaminathan Commission on Agriculture to waive loans from poor farmers, for increase in the minimum support price (MSP) and purchase by government agencies, monthly pension of Rs 3000 to every man, women farmer, khet mazdoor and artisans, the district unit of Punjab Kisan Sabha held a 24-hour hunger strike in front of the deputy commissioner’s office at mini-secretariat here on Monday.
Addressing the gathering, comrade Kartar Singh Bowani, vice-president of Punjab Kisan Sabha said “Owing to policies of privatisation, liberalisation and corporation, the government has virtually stopped spending on rural development, agriculture and irrigation.
The government has not implemented the recommendations of Dr Swaminathan Agriculture Commission. The state’s natural resources are being handed over to big corporates at throw-away prices.
Small house hold medium industrial sector has closed in large number leading to unemployment among youth particularly in the villages.
President Surinder Jaladiwal said inputs like diesel, fertilisers and chemicals were becoming expensive. The government had abolished procurement by the state agencies, he added.
Farmer organisations also warned of introduction of GM crops without safety audit. Others speakers including Amandeep Singh, general secretary Jang Singh Sirthala, Paramjit Singh, Pyara Singh Mann, Bharpar Singh Gurnam Singh Sar panch were also present.