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Farmers To Hold State Wide Stir Against ‘Dummy’ Debit Waiver

July 5, 2017 | By

Chandigarh: The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) along with its ancillary farm groups have outrightly rejected the ‘lollypop’ farm debt waiver by the Amarinder Singh lead Punjab government and has decided to launch a statewide agitation demanding full waiver of farmers’ loans, the decision was taken during a meeting in Moga on Tuesday in which farmers announced commencement of ‘Karza Mukti Morcha’, under which first convention will be held at Jalandhar on July 7.

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As reported by the media the Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokri stated that ”a state-level convention of all farmers’ and farm labour unions would be held on July 7 in Jalandhar to finalise the agitation schedule.”

Questioning the change in position of Amariner Singh the farm unions stated  that during his election campaigning he promised that every type of loan will be waived off without any condition on income or land-holding size of the farmers, reports Indian Express (IE).

Furthermore, the BKU leader stated that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had betrayed the farm community by partially waiving off loans.

Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh [File Photo]

Moreover, he also said that ”Amarinder Singh had stated that loans taken from cooperatives and arthiyas and other private sources will be also be waived off. The question is why such fake promises were made which cannot be implemented in reality?” He said a detailed programme of protests against the government will be announced on July 7 in Jalandhar.

Sukhdev Singh Kokri has further demanded compensation of Rs 10 lakh each for the families of farmers and farm labourers who had committed suicide, besides a regular government job for at least one family member each. The unions sought a minimum purchase price for basmati, the area under which has fallen steeply this year, notes The Tribune (TT).

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