Bathinda, April 20
Irked over the shortage of gunny bags, farmers under the banner of the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) gheraoed inspectors of procurement agencies at the Baho Yatri and Burj Sema centres here on Tuesday. They also raised slogans against the government.
Farmers alleged for the past 10 days, they had been facing harassment in selling their produce, but the Punjab Government seemed to be in a deep slumber.
Jagsir Singh Jhumba, member, BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), said the claims of the government to buy the grains of the farmers had fallen flat.
He said due to the shortage of gunny bags, the wheat lying in the open was getting spoiled due to rain and there was no provision to protect it from showers. The farmers warned that they would not end the siege till proper arrangements were made.
Vikas Garg, District Manager, Punsup, said the procurement inspector had been informed about the “bardana” being sent to the Baho Yatri procurement centre. District Manager, DM Warehouse, Gagandeep Mittal said they had sent 19 bales to the Burj Sema mandi on Monday and more would be sent soon.
Deputy Commissioner B Srinivasan said 3,500 bales of “bardana” had been allotted to the procurement agencies through a tender. — TNS
PUNSUP inspector faces farmers’ ire over gunny bag shortage
- Angered over the shortage of gunny bags, farmers under the banner of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) on Tuesday gheraoed a PUNSUP inspector at a grain market in Muktsar
- Farmers alleged the moisture content in their produce was increasing due to rain, but procurement agencies were unable to arrange
the required gunny bags
- On this, Keshav Kumar, inspector, PUNSUP, said he had recently supplied gunny bags to the commission agents and more stock
was also reaching soon
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