Paddy not procured, farmers dump it outside SDM office
Farmers in Gidderbaha sub-division of Muktsar district dumped their paddy outside the office of the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) on Tuesday afternoon.punjab Updated: Nov 02, 2016 15:33 IST
Farmers in Gidderbaha sub-division of Muktsar district dumped their paddy outside the office of the sub divisional magistrate (SDM) on Tuesday afternoon.
The farmers alleged that their crop had not been purchased for the past 10 days.
On the other hand, the district administration said the unloading of the crop was stalled only due to Diwali and that the purchase was restarted on Tuesday.
Supported by local Congress MLA Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, the farmers decided to sit on protest overnight.
Attacking chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, Warring said despite being the chief minster’s home district, the procurement process has become a “headache” for the farmers as they had to wait for more than 10 days to sell their crop.
“I had also met Gidderbaha SDM four days ago regarding loopholes in the procurement process. The administration has failed to pay any heed to the genuine concerns of the farmers,” he said.
He claimed that the farmers who have brought their yield in Bheori, Kotli, Ablu, Madeer and Bhundar grain markets, suffered the most. “No official from procurement agencies visited grain markers in these areas for past several days,” he alleged.
Muktsar deputy commissioner Sumeet Jarangal and SDM Gidderbaha Anand Sagar Sharma reached the spot to resolve the issue. But the farmers decided to continue with their protest.
Jarangal said the problem was “not that significant” as the unloading was stalled for a day due to Diwali. “The procurement season is at its dead end as 97% of the yield has been procured. The unloading and purchasing of rest of the yield has been started and the issues of the farmers will be taken care of,” he said.
First Published: Nov 02, 2016 15:30 IST