Punjab

Government is not listening to us, but we shall continue our protest-Bharti Kisan Union Sidhupur-Ekta

Raghbir Singh Brar | December 02, 2019 07:46 PM

Farmers do not want to burn stubble, but they want incentives as directed by the Apex court, but government is even running from it-Jagjeet Singh Dallewal

Subsidized machinery has inflated prices, farmers do not get benefit from it, even they can not afford to hire or buy it-says Dallewal

 Faridkot: Bharti Kisan Union Sidhupur Ekta on Monday continued its protest and 25 more farmers produced themselves for arrest after a group of 30 was released on personal bonds on Monday.

The protesters alleged that the government is not listening to them and there is no positive response from the side of the government on the issue of cancellation of FIRs and remission of Environmental Compensation funds besides compensate farmers on the directions of Apex court.

Flaying the Punjab government on its failure to compensate the farmers with Rs 100 within a week as per the Apex court directions, Jagjeet Singh Dallewal alleged that the government wants to throw the small and marginal farmers out of the agriculture occupation and making many excuses citing Apex court or NGT orders so that most of the farmers could be deprived of the incentives.

He alleged that the agriculture appliances provided by through the approved firms turn out to be double the actual prices as they have subsidy.”Even super straw management system (SMS) which is fitted with the combine harvesters, is fitted by the approved firms on double the amount as there is 50 per cent subsidy on it. The same system is being fitted by unapproved firms at about Rs 60000 while approved firms are charging double the rate. The system slows down the combines and the combine operators increase their rates,” alleged Dallewal.

The middlemen or others eating up the subsidies while the farmers have to pay more, he said.

“we are fully agreed that the farmers do not want to burn the stubble, but they should be given incentives as directed by the Apex court. Besides it, the National Green Tribunal also made many provisions in its order before punishing the farmers. The NGT had said that farmers should be provide required agriculture machinery and they should also be given places to deposit the stubble collected from the fields, but no government has worked at the ground level to check the stubble burning,” said Dallewal.

He also criticized the political parties for not supporting the farmers in this trouble.”Including AAP, Akalis and some farmers’ representative organizations are shunning their responsibility to save the farming community. AAP only released a press note from Chandigarh, congress has its government and previously there was SAD-BJP alliance, but they tend to ignore the farmers. They think that when the elections come, they would lure the farmers in some or other way and get votes,” alleged Dallewal.

He claimed that they would continue their protest and in days to come, would pull larger number of farmers because now they have almost completed sowing season.”Earlier, they were busy in sowing of wheat and even some had to sow wheat twice or thrice due to untimely rains. But they support us,” he said.

The protesters doubt that the government polices are anti farmers and they pave a way for the corporate houses to grab the agriculture land to make big commercial farms.

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