Himachal Kisan Sabha (HKS) leader Kishori Lal, Chauntra block committee president Ravinder Kumar and representatives of a number of gram panchayats of Jogindernagar sub division have demanded compensation to farmers for the loss of crop due to attacks by wild animals, declaration of monkey as a vermin and regular employment to farmers through MNREGA.
They alleged that the government had always ignored farmers' genuine demands and treated them as second grade citizens.
“Farmers are just a vote bank for politicians and they always promise to solve their problems but never bother to do so” said Kishori Lal.
He added that the population of monkeys and wild animals was increasing day by day, as government's efforts to control their population had failed.
“There is hardly any farmer in the Chauntra and Jogindernagar area who has not suffered at the hands of wild animals. Many of them have abandoned their fields. The government should conduct a survey about the number of affected persons and provide them compensation” he added.
He further said that the Sangnehar gram panchayat was one the most affected area.
“Villagers of Sangnehar have not get a single day job under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and farmers live hand-to-mouth. Their crops have been destroyed and they are not getting employment. How would they survive?” he asked.
The sabha has submitted a memorandum to the state government through local revenue officials and looking forward for immediate relief.