Farmers hold demonstrations, want govt to fulfil promises


AmritsarPosted at: Jun 9, 2017, 1:17 AM; last updated: Jun 9, 2017, 1:17 AM (IST)

Farmers stage a protest in front of the Powercom office at Attari on Thursday. Tribune Photo

Amritsar, June 8

On a call given by the Jamhoori Kisan Sabha and Border Area Sangharsh Committee, farmers today staged demonstrations at Attari, Majitha, Ajnala and Baba Bakala in front of the offices of the SDMs and tehsildars in favour of their demands. 
Later, they submitted memorandums, written to the Chief Minister, to officials of the district administration. They also condemned the killing of farmers in police firing in MP.  The farmers in MP were demanding debt waiver and higher prices for their crops. 
Rattan Singh Randhawa, a farmer leader, said Capt Amarinder Singh came to power after making tall promises to the farming community, including debt waiver.  Earlier, farmers carried out a march through markets in favour of their demands. 
He said Capt Amarinder promised the farmers to enhance the Shagun Scheme from Rs 15,000 to Rs 51,000 in his party’s election manifesto. Randhawa said the CM had made many promises like Rs 2,500 as allowance to unemployed, sand at cheaper rates, a government job for one person of each family and pension of Rs 2,500 to the poor families. 
Talking about the problems of the farmers whose land is situated across the border fence, he said even after the directions of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, the government had failed to distribute Rs 10,000 per acre as relief to the farmers. 
They appealed to the powercom authorities to provide at least 16-hour electricity to farmers during the paddy season and replacement of damaged transformers within 24 hours. — TNS

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