Farmers hold protests across Punjab, Haryana over delay in purchasing paddy

Lavern Vogel

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, on Saturday, held protests at a lot of locations from postponing of paddy procurement. The Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Friday had specified a phone for holding protests outside the house the residences of legislators in the two States to register their grievances about the hold […]

Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, on Saturday, held protests at a lot of locations from postponing of paddy procurement.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha on Friday had specified a phone for holding protests outside the house the residences of legislators in the two States to register their grievances about the hold off in acquiring paddy crop.

Large dampness articles

The Centre, on Thursday, postponed procurement of kharif paddy in Punjab and Haryana until Oct 11 as crop maturity is delayed and dampness articles in new arrival is beyond permissible boundaries owing to modern hefty rains. The procurement procedure is undertaken by the Central government’s nodal company Foodstuff Company of India (FCI) along with Condition agencies.

Paddy procurement typically commences from Oct one.

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In the meantime, Haryana minister Anil Vij on Saturday said the farmers’ agitation from the Centre’s new legal guidelines is getting “violent working day by day”.

“Farmers’ agitation is getting violent working day by working day. Violent motion in the nation of Mahatma Gandhi simply cannot be allowed….,” said Vij in a tweet.

Assistance from Kejriwal

Delhi Main Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged the Centre to start out order of paddy crop.

“The farmers of Punjab are upset, the Central govt has postponed the order of paddy for 10 times, farmer is standing outside the house the mandis carrying lakhs of quintals of paddy on his tractor,” said Kejriwal in a tweet.

Farmers expressed apprehension that they would endure if their crop is not procured at the grain marketplaces.

No sale at mandis

Paddy crop, although in modest quantity, has began arriving in mandis particularly in border locations of Punjab, said farmers. They questioned in which the farmers, who have introduced their crop to mandis, will go if their produce is not procured.

Some fear that they would be forced to sell their crop under the minimum guidance cost (MSP) to personal traders.

A farmer in Haryana’s Karnal said his paddy crop will get destroyed by Oct 11 when the Centre would start out procuring it.

At some locations, farmers even handed about memorandum to the Deputy Commissioners demanding commencement of paddy order.

Law enforcement staff deployed

In Punjab, farmers collected outside the house the residences of numerous Congress legislators, which includes Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Rana K P Singh in Rupnagar and MLA Harjot Kamal in Moga and staged protests about the hold off in the order of paddy crop.

Also see: Increase in paddy, pulses space lifts kharif acreage to one,121.eighty one lakh hectares

Law enforcement staff ended up deployed in strength to preserve legislation and get, said officials.

In Haryana’s Ambala, police set up barricades to protect against farmers from laying siege to the home of BJP legislator Aseem Goel. A fire fighting automobile and a water cannon automobile ended up also deployed outside the house the home of the MLA.

Limited protection arrangement has been manufactured outside the house the home of Minister Vij at Ambala Cantonment, said officials.

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