Farm­ers block Sirsa-dab­wali road over non-pro­cure­ment of mus­tard

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HTPUNJAB&HARYANA - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

HISAR: Up­set over non-pro­cure­ment of mus­tard seed, farm­ers of dif­fer­ent vil­lages of Sirsa district on Mon­day blocked the Sirsa-dab­wali na­tional high­way and shouted slo­gans against the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Po­lice of­fi­cials rushed to the spot and as­sured the farm­ers that their prob­lem will be sorted out. Af­ter get­ting assurance, the farm­ers lifted the block­ade that con­tin­ued for more than one­and-a-half hours, caus­ing chaos on the na­tional high­way-9.

Farmer Jaidev Singh said, “The lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion has to­tally failed to lift mus­tard crop so far. How the other farm­ers will bring wheat crop to the grain mar­ket?”

An­other farmer Jashan Singh said, “The of­fi­cials of the mar­ket com­mit­tee as­sured farm­ers that mus­tard will be lifted by the gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment agen­cies by April 16.

On the given date, we reached at the grain mar­ket here at about 3am. But not even a sin­gle of­fi­cial reached the grain mar­ket to start pro­cure­ment of mus­tard seed. If the gov­ern­ment fails to pur­chase our pro­duce, we will start a hunger strike in front of the DC of­fice.”

WHEAT PRO­CURE­MENT

Mean­while, Sirsa district food and sup­ply of­fi­cer (DFSO) Ashok Bansal said the gov­ern­ment pro­cure­ment agen­cies have pur­chased 1.43 lakh met­ric tonnnr of wheat so far in the district. Bansal ap­pealed to the farm­ers to di­rectly con­tact him if they face any kind of prob­lem in pro­cure­ment of wheat.

HT PHOTO

Farm­ers block­ing the Dab­wali road in Sirsa district on Mon­day.

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