April 29, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Hoshiarpur, Punjab: Dal Khalsa chastised the Punjab government for double speak on the issue of remunerative prices for food-grains to farmers and added that Badal was taking the farmers for a ride by attempting a balance between them and the BJP government.
Party president H S Dhami today visited the local grain market to share the concerns and problems of the distressed farmers.
Dhami along with his party colleagues spent some time with the beleaguered farmers listening to their problems, as this year, the situation has been compounded due to continuing adverse weather conditions.
Taking up the plight of the farmers, he said apart from persisting inclement weather another main factor that has added to the woes of farmers was astray cattle that destroys the wheat and other farm produce.
He said the government should reconsider its ban on setting up of butcheries or they should compensate to farmers due to loss of their farm produce.
Dal Khalsa head demanded immediate lifting of wheat by central agencies and immediate imbursement of MSP to farmers. He also demanded a long term solution for small farmers who are prone to commit suicide because of a faulty farm policy of the Government of Punjab and the central government.
He said the lifting of the wheat and release of payment to the farmers was too slow, thus causing immense harassment to the farmers. The procurement operation needs permanent solution and the farmer should not be left to the vagaries of nature, said he.
He took a jibe at Badals statement that due to failure of the Central Government to address issues mainly related to the ‘panth’ and farmers, a sense of alienation was developing in Punjab.
“We are not surprised to hear these words from a shrewd politician who was fully known for his skills to extract political as well as personal benefits from New Delhi by reminding the memories of so-called dark era of the 1980s and 90s.
Confronting Badal, Dhami said the alienation of the Punjabi farmer and the Sikh community at large was not a new development and was not related only to farm produce or appointment of BJP MLA Tara Singh as President of the Takht Hazoor Sahib Management Board. Infact the sense of alienation has historical roots and it got further strengthened in the wake of attack on Darbar Sahib in 1984 and it continues till date.
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