Tribune News Service
Amritsar, October 25
Farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee staged a protest on the Amritsar-Ganganagar Highway, near Chabba village, on Monday demanding action against those guilty of Lakhimpur Kheri incident and against rising prices of petrol and diesel.
The committee has also announced to initiate protests outside the district headquarters in the state. While burning the effigy of the Central government, farmer leaders also held the state government responsible for the shortage of DAP fertiliser and demanded compensation for the loss of produce due to heavy rains.
Sarwan Singh Pandher, general secretary of the committee, said farmers were being harassed in grain markets for procurement of paddy. He said proper arrangements for procurement of paddy should be made and farmers should not be troubled on the pretext of moisture.
Pandher said they had earlier ended the protest against the state government after it had assured to solve the issues which were in its domain. The farmer leaders said as the state government had failed to resolve the issues concerning the farming sector, the committee has decided to stage protests at the district headquarters across the state on October 26.
The Kisan Sangharsh Committee is not a part of the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, however, it has been supporting most of the protests of the SKM. At the same time, it has also protested separately on different issues.
‘Aam Aadmi’ activists visit Bhagtanwala Grain Market
The leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party visited Bhagtanwala Grain market and alleged that unjustified cuts from Rs100 to Rs400 per quintal were being applied in MSP for paddy on the pretext of more moisture. Leaders including Jiwanjot Kaur, Harwant Singh Umranangal, Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and others alleged that the Centre and state governments were harassing farmers on one pretext or the other and farmers have to wait for long before their produce is procured.
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