Farmers beneath the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, pressuring the Punjab authorities over a number of key calls for, are set to fulfill the state’s chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi on Thursday to maintain their claims earlier than the administration – which incorporates farm debt waiver, cancellation of FIRs lodged in opposition to farmers throughout the anti-farm legislation agitation and low compensation given for land acquired for freeway tasks.
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Farmer unions, a part of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), have over the previous few days been placing up demonstrations throughout a number of protest websites in Punjab, demanding a whole waiver of farm loans and compensation to the kin of those that died throughout the anti-farm legal guidelines stir. On Monday and Tuesday, they blocked railway tracks at completely different locations in Ferozepur, Tarn Taran, Amritsar, and Hoshiarpur, affecting the motion of as many as 156 trains.
According to Ferozepur division railway officers, 84 trains have been cancelled, 47 short-terminated and 25 short-originated.
Meanwhile, a gaggle of farmers additionally staged a sit-in on Wednesday exterior the workplace of the deputy commissioner (DC) in Ludhiana.
DC Varinder Kumar Sharma, who was not allowed to maneuver out for lunch by the protesting farmers, lastly got here out of his workplace within the night beneath a safety cowl.
In the wake of this agitation, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi shall be assembly the protesting farmers to debate the calls for positioned earlier than the federal government. Ahead of this all-important meet, members of as many as 32 farm unions met in Ludhiana on Saturday to finalise their agenda.
What are the farmers demanding?
“Farm debt waiver, cancellation of FIRs lodged against farmers during agitation, and low compensation given for land acquired for highway projects are major issues that we will take up,” mentioned farm leaders Harinder Lakhowal, Prem Singh Bhangu, Hardev Singh Sandhu, Kirpa Singh, and Kiranjit Singh Sekhon.
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Bhangu added, “The state government had assured us that FIRs lodged against farmers during the stir in the state will be cancelled and the issue of cases lodged in Chandigarh will be taken up with the governor. Nothing has happened.”
The authorities shall be pressured to regularise contractual workers, who’ve been on protest throughout the state. Farmers mentioned additionally they demand the suspension of the DSP who cane-charged protesting ETT Teachers. Lakhowal added that they may even demand compensation for land acquired for tasks at present market charges. Farm leaders added that protests from toll plazas won’t be lifted, until the hike in prices was not rolled again.