Panel to review FIRs, farmers call off stir

CHANDIGARH:Farmers on Monday evening decided to call off their agitation in Faridkot district after representatives of the Punjab Government assured them of forming a three-member committee to look into the cases registered against them for stubble burning.

Panel to review FIRs, farmers call off stir

Farmers protest against stubble fire FIRs in front of the SDM office in Jaito. file photo

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Chandigarh, December 9 

Farmers on Monday evening decided to call off their agitation in Faridkot district after representatives of the Punjab Government assured them of forming a three-member committee to look into the cases registered against them for stubble burning.

The stalemate ended after a meeting between farmer organisation leaders and state government representative Sandeep Sandhu, Political Adviser to the Chief Minister.

Sandhu said a three-member committee chaired by a retired judge would be set up to look into the FIRs registered against farmers for stubble burning in the state after consultation with Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. 

Protesting farmers were demanding cases filed against them for burning paddy straw be withdrawn, fine imposed for it on them be cancelled and red entries in the revenue records be removed. A report in this regard would be submitted within 35 days, Sandhu said after a marathon meeting with the farmer leaders.

Besides, the family of Jagseer Singh, who had committed suicide, was assured of “suitably adjusting” his son in the government setup. The farm debt of the family would be waived as per the policy, an official said, adding that farmers had announced to call off their agitation.

Earlier during the day, farmers agitating for withdrawal of stubble-burning cases filed against them in Faridkot district sat with the body of a paddy grower who killed himself two days ago during the protest, and demanded his family be given a compensation of Rs 1 crore. — PTI

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