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Chandigarh/Mohali, Could 17

Lots of of farmers, related to 23 unions, began marching in the direction of Chandigarh early morning at present. They had been, nonetheless, stopped at Mohali, on the borders of the UT.

Police personnel cease farmers from marching in the direction of Chandigarh in Mohali on Tuesday. Vicky

Barricades and concertina wires greeted them right here, moreover a posse of policemen, forcing the 500-odd farmers to squat there. Protesting farmers broke the primary layer of barricades, however had been stopped in tracks by the second. Led by union leaders Dr Darshan Pal, Jagjit Singh Dallewal and others, farmers mentioned they’d not retreat until Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann got here and met them. Mann, nonetheless, proceeded to Delhi for some official conferences.

Navjot Singh Sidhu, PCC Ex-chief

The place’s bonus?

Bulletins imply nothing. The place is the bonus CM promised to wheat farmers? Why MSP on maize and moong has not been notified?

On touchdown in Chandigarh, Mann mentioned the direct sowing of paddy and staggered transplantation had been within the curiosity of farmers. “Farmers ought to give us at the least a 12 months to resolve their points. Criticising the federal government shouldn’t be acceptable.”

Union leaders had been initially instructed they’d be given an viewers with Mann. Nevertheless, they had been later instructed that 10 of their members ought to meet a authorities panel led by Chief Secretary Anirudh Tiwari, however they refused the supply.

This led to a stand-off between the 2 sides. After remaining closeted for a while within the Gurdwara Amb Sahib, the farmer leaders determined to go forward with their march to Chandigarh for a pucca dharna. Throughout Punjab, claimed farmer leaders, the police had put up barricades and farmers had been stopped from reaching Mohali, from the place they had been to start out the march. Because of this, simply 500-odd farmers managed to achieve the Mohali gurdwara. The march then began round 2.30 pm. After their tractors had been stopped, they squatted on the highway aspect and arrange their tents. A few of them even arrange their stoves and began cooking meals.

The dharna is to be held right here in protest in opposition to the paddy-sowing schedule introduced by the state authorities, moreover 10 different calls for. The dharna was introduced by the union leaders final week, after their talks with the federal government failed. The farmers have been demanding that they be allowed to go in for paddy transplantation from June 10 and never June 18, as ordered by the state authorities.

The federal government had mentioned an uninterrupted eight-hour energy provide to farmers could be given in 5 zones as per schedule. Additionally ,they demanded the charge charged for growing the facility load be decreased. Apart from, they’re protesting the conversion of 85,000 sensible meters into pre-paid ones. The state authorities, in a directive from the Centre, was requested to go for pay as you go meters if it needed to proceed receiving the facility sector reform funds. Farmers additionally need the federal government to make sure MSP on corn and notify the choice to provide MSP on moong. Farmers say although MSP on 23 crops has been introduced, however they get MSP solely on wheat and paddy. Earlier, farmers held two rounds of conferences with the federal government which didn’t yield desired outcomes.

Paddy schedule, MSP key grievances

  • Paddy transplantation from June 10, not June 18
  • Payment charged for growing energy load be decreased
  • Conversion of 85K sensible meters into pay as you go ones be stopped
  • Notify MSP on moong, minimal assist on corn

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#navjot sidhu

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