Farmers organisations to launch indefinite dharna at Patiala from Mar 25

Farmers organisations to launch indefinite dharna at Patiala from Mar 25

Agency News

Moga, Mar 3: Seven farmers’ organisations have planned to sit on an indefinite dharna from March 25 at Patiala against the anti-farmers policies of the state government and also in support of their long-standing demands.

After a meeting of the organisations on Sunday here, Sukhdev Singh Kokri, General Secretary BKU Akta Ugrahan said that farmers were demanding returning back of the blank cheques by the banks at the time of issuing the loans and also misusing these by registering cases against the farmers for returning back the loans. Mr Kokri said the farmers also staged indefinite dharna at Ludhiana from 18th of February when bankers committee failed to concede of their demands and ultimately Punjab and Haryana high court directed the bankers committee to return the blanks cheques.

The bankers’ committee chairmen assured the high court their process was under way to stop still there was no signing of returning back of the blank cheques. The farmers’ organisations assured that their Patiala struggle would also be peaceful. The farmers also demanded implementation of the swaminathan commission so that farmers could get reasonable price of their produce.

The farmer organisations were also critical of the state government claim of Rs 4736 crores worth loans waived off, benefiting 5.85 farmers.

About the debt relief scheme for farm labour and landless farming members by providing major relief to 2.85 lakh farmer labours, farmer organisations alleged that this is a cruel joke with the farmers as such announcements made by the state government earlier at the time of elections. (UNI)