Punjab farmers maintain’symbolic’ dharnas, if complaints are not quashed warn of large protests.
ANGERED BY the Punjab government’s action against them farmer unions Monday staged dharnas. Between November 6 and 24, a total of 1,715 FIRs and 257 magisterial complaints (under the Air Act) have been lodged, and fines (environmental reimbursement ) values Rs 5.8 crore have been levied in this regard.
Even the dharnas were organised out offices of deputy superintendents of police (DSPs), demanding that these fines and complaints be quashed. If the latter fails to do so they warned of the following protest against the government.
Jasveer Singh, leader of BKU (Ugrahan), told The Indian Express,”’This is really a symbolic protest. Today we just sat out offices of DSPs in 32 locations across 13 districts of Punjab. But when the government doesn’t wake up, we’ll choose an aggressive plan for your future’
In Bathinda, dharnas were organised at Maur Rampura Phul and Bathinda city. The Punjab government had started taking police actions against farmers from November 6, after a Supreme Court hearing during which bonus value Rs 100 per quintal of paddy was announced and actions against polluters was also suggested.
Three FIRs are lodged under sections 107/151 of the IPC too.
Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan of Bharti Kisan Union (Ugrahan) told The Indian Express,”’We sat on emblematic dharnas against police for taking action against farmers. We’ll intensify our dharnas if our needs are disagreed to by government. It is our appeal to farmers to not pay a single worth compensation to authorities we can’t say anything, if anybody pays on his/her own ‘ He said,’According to recommendations of NGT given in December 2015, farmers with land less than 2 acres should be provided agricultural equipment for free, Rs 5,000 rentals to farmers with land between 2-5 acres and Rs 15,000 rents lump sum for farmers needing property greater than 5 acres There have to be places for preserving stubble and authorities should make arrangements for choosing stubble from fields. Unless they have any arrangements by themselves, we cannot stop burning off.’
Next week farmer marriages will determine their course of action at a meeting. Think about the remaining 92 percent pollution, on? Buta Singh Burjgill jhanda Singh Jethuke, Jaghmohan Singh, Shingaara Singh Maan and many others addressed farmers in districts. Punjab Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu said,’we’re waiting from the Supreme Court and On Monday, there was another hearing in Supreme Court on precisely the exact same issue.’