Bathinda, July 21
Rejecting the new committee on the MSP formed by the Union Government, the BKU Ekta (Sidhupur) today announced that farmer unions under the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) will stage a one-day protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi on August 22.
State president Jagjit Singh Dallewal, addressing a press conference here, also announced that the unions would start an agitation from August 3 against the state government and block roads as the government had failed to fulfil its promises made to farmers.
Insidious attempt: Speaker
- Terming it as yet another insidious attempt by BJP, Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan criticised the Centre for keeping ‘Food Bowl of the Nation’ out of the committee on MSP
- Without Punjab, there can never be any discussion on any aspect of agriculture, the Speaker said. He added that keeping Punjab away from the so-called committee was a ploy to instigate Punjabis
Sugarcane payment not done
- On April 17, the state government had promised that the outstanding sugarcane payment to farmers will be made before July 16, but it has not been cleared so far
- Kaka Singh Kotra, general secretary, BKU (Sidhupur), said we would hold a state-level agitation at three locations, one each in Malwa, Majha and Doaba. National highways would be blocked as part of the protest on August 3, he said
Dallewal said, “The SKM (non-political) is aware that the Centre is not serious on the MSP guarantee Bill and it has showed its intention by forming an MSP committee without farmer leaders. We asked the Union government to share the committee details and if the morcha found it satisfactory, then three names of leaders would be forwarded to the government. But the government issued a notification on July 18 regarding the MSP committee. It has not mentioned anywhere regarding the MSP guarantee law.”
Dallewal added, “Those who have advocated three agricultural laws have been made part of the committee. The committee cannot be trusted and has been formed to protect the interests of corporate houses.”
BKU (Sidhupur) state general secretary Kaka Singh Kotra said, “At a meeting held between the SKM (non-political) and CM Bhagwant Mann on April 17, it was promised that the outstanding sugarcane payment to farmers would be made before July 16 but it has not been cleared. We will hold a state-level agitation at three locations, one each in Malwa, Majha and Doaba. National highways would be blocked as part of the protest on August 3.”
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