Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, November 22
Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said today that the farmers’ agitation against three black laws will be remembered as a watershed movement to protect the democratic and human rights in the country.
The Chief Minister handed over appointment letters of government jobs to next of kin of five farmers ‘martyred’ during the struggle. Those who were give the job letters are Baljinder Singh, son of late Jung Singh, Amandeep Kaur, wife of late Baljinder Singh, Prabhjot Singh, son of late Manmohan Singh, Harvinder Kaur, wife of late Jagjit Singh, and Satnam Singh, son of late Hakam Singh.
The Chief Minister said there is hardly any reason to rejoice since Punjab had lost more than 700 sons and daughters during the struggle. Channi said those hailing the decision are supporting the atrocities meted out by the Union Government to the agitating farmers, which is undesirable and unwarranted.
The Chief Minister said the announcement regarding repealing of black laws is baseless until and unless guarantee of MSP for crops is not made. He said the Union Government must ensure that each and every grain of the farmers is lifted on MSP so that the exploitation of farmers in hands of private players is avoided. Channi said these few days are crucial for Punjab and farmers, adding that “all of us have to be extra cautious”.
The Chief Minister reiterated that the “state government will construct a memorial in name of the ‘martyrs’ to perpetuate their glorious struggle for our younger generations”.
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