July 30, 2021 10:32:31 am
THOUSANDS OF farm labourers on Thursday fanned out across Punjab and staged dharnas in front of the residences of Congress ministers, legislators and MPs at 17 locations to press for their demands of waiver of electricity bills, waiver of loans, and repeal of amendments made to labour and agricultural laws. Theprotests were organised by a joint front of several farm labour unions.
Issuing a statement on behalf of the union, Lachhman Singh Sewewala, the general secretary of Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union said, ‘’We will step up our agitation and organise a day-night dharna from August 9-11 in Patiala to press for our demands.”
He said copies of their demands were shared with a number of ministers and legislators – including Gurpreet Singh Kangar, Revenue Minister from Rampura Phul, Sadhu Singh Dharamsot from Nabha, Raja Warring, the MLA from Gidderbaha, Nazar Singh Mansahia, MLA from Mansa, Hargurpartap Singh from Ajnala, Varinder Meet Singh from Gurdaspur, Navtej Singh Cheema from Sultanpur Lodhi, etc.
The demonstrations at different places were addressed by Zora Singh Nasrali, president of Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, Gurnam Singh Daud, general secretary of Dehati Mazdoor Sabha etc. The farm labour leaders accused the Congress government of allocating only Rs 590 crore to waive loans raised from Cooperative Societies, instead of waiving the entire amount. Nasrali said, “The government has sent inflated power bills to farm labourers in many villages and disconnected the power connections of those who couldn’t pay these bills.”
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