Thousands of members of three separate unions from the state held a protest march in Mohali on Wednesday to demand efficient implementation of land reforms and to oppose the land acquisition bill proposed by the Centre.
The protesters included members of the Pendu Mazdoor Union, Zameen Prapti Sangarsh Committee, and Kirti Kisan Union.
More than 2,000 protesters gathered at the rally ground in Phase 8 in the afternoon, and marched towards Chandigarh, but were stopped at the UT-Punjab border.
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“We are protesting against the land acquisition bill and against the poor implementation of land reforms in the state.
There have been several reforms but the ground reality is different. It is still a feudal set-up where big landlords possess large chunks of land while Dalits and landless labourers are not being given their due share, despite being made tall promises by the government,” said Tarsem Peter, president, Pendu Mazdoor Union.
Gurmukh Singh, president, Zameen Prapti Sangarsh Committee, said, “We have demanded an inquiry into the state-wide fraud involving land reforms.”
Officials from the Punjab government met the protesters after the march and assured them that their demands would be looked into on a priority basis.