Kisan Sabha continues protest, threatens to intensify agitation
The indefinite dharna and chain hunger strike by the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha here entered the fourth day on Thursday.punjab Updated: Jan 15, 2015 18:48 IST
The indefinite dharna and chain hunger strike by the Akhil Bharatiya Kisan Sabha here entered the fourth day on Thursday.
Six farmers of Barwala, namely Naresh Mehta, Sushil Anand, Pramod Sandlana, Rajesh Sheokand and Dilbag Nayak, observed hunger strike on Thursday.
Kisan Sabha senior vice-president Molad Singh Arya, while addressing the activists at the dharna, said, "The problems of the farmers are increasing day by day but the government is not finding any solution to their problems. The menace of stray cattle continues, the government failed to organise a cattle fair, urea is still unavailable, compensation for the crop damage is still due and canal water is not reaching the tails".
He also described the central ordinance on land acquisition as anti-farmer and demanded its withdrawl.
Arya also demanded immediate implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report which had recommended that the minimum support price (MSP) should be at least 50% above the cost of production of a crop.
He further said. "The police cases registered against farmers during their stir for genuine demands should be withdrawn as promised by the Bharatiya Janata Party before coming to power in the state".
On the stray cattle menace, he said, the marketing boards in the state have enough money to keep the stray cattle and sheds should be constructed at the earliest.
Arya threatened that the Kisan Sabha would intensify its agitation if the government did not pay heed to their problems soon.
First Published: Jan 15, 2015 18:46 IST