Tribune News Service
Faridkot, January 4
Milk is brewing in gigantic pots in a sprawling kitchen of the Nirmal Dera at Golewala village of Faridkot. Men and women have been working in turns to cook for the past three days.
While residents of the village, having four panchayats, are contributing about 5,000 litres of milk daily, more than 100 residents are boiling milk in open pans to make ‘khoya’ or ‘mawa’, a dairy product.
This ‘khoya’ will be used to prepare over 20 quintals of ‘pinnis’ for the farmers who are protesting on Delhi borders.
“We Punjabis have a habit of consuming ‘khoya pinnis’ in the winter. So when our brethren are sitting on Delhi borders for the past month, braving this bone-numbing cold, we are sending them ‘khoya pinnis’ to help them deal with the weather,” said Manpreet Singh Dhillon, sarpanch of the village.
Over 200 farmers and youths of Golewala village have been camping on Delhi borders for over a month. This village has some prominent farm leaders — Binder Singh Golewala, Gurmeet Singh, Master Lal Singh — of three ‘kisan’ unions. As all these leaders have mass following in the area, many farmers and youth of Golewala village are camping near Delhi.
Baba Harpreet Singh, head of the Nirmal Dera, said villagers were contributing milk and other ingredients to make ‘khoya pinnis’ and a team of youth from the village would take these to Delhi in the next two days. “We are running the kitchens in the dera round the clock,” said Naseeb Singh, another sarpanch in the village.
Meanwhile, residents of Dhulkot village in Muktsar, under the banner of the Nirol Sewa Organisation, are making ‘pinnis’ and ‘sarson da saag’ for farmers protesting. Kala, a member of the organisation, said, “We are sending 50 quintals of ‘pinnis’ and ‘saag’ for our brothers.”
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