Farm­ers be­gin in­def­i­nite protest in Ya­mu­nana­gar

Hindustan Times (Patiala) - - Punjab & Haryana - HT Correspondent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

PRO­TEST­ERS AC­CUSED KHAT­TAR OF BE­TRAY­ING FARM­ING COM­MU­NITY BY NOT EN­SUR­ING THEIR DUES BY AUG 31

KAR­NAL: Over two weeks af­ter Haryana chief min­is­ter Manohar Lal Khat­tar’s as­sur­ance that pend­ing pay­ments of sug­ar­cane farm­ers will be cleared by the mills by Au­gust 31, the cane grow­ers be­gan an in­def­i­nite strike out­side the mini-sec­re­tar­iat in Ya­mu­nana­gar on Satur­day.

The protest­ing farm­ers ac­cused Khat­tar of be­tray­ing the farm­ing com­mu­nity, while lead­ers of the Bhar­tiya Kisan Union (BKU) threat­ened to con­tinue the ag­i­ta­tion till the pend­ing pay­ment of over Rs 200 crore is cleared by three pri­vate sugar mills of the state.

The de­ci­sion of in­def­i­nite protest was taken dur­ing a meet­ing held in Ya­mu­nana­gar on Fri­day and the farm­ers had blocked Ya­mu­nana­gar-Ja­gadhri road. Later, Ya­mu­nana­gar deputy com­mis­sioner Girish Arora reached the site and as­sured that the pay­ments will be dis­bursed in one week. The farm­ers agreed to lift the block­ade but de­cided to hold the protest till they get their pay­ment. “The chief min­is­ter had al­ready be­trayed us as he could not keep his prom­ise made dur­ing Au­gust 29 meet­ing in Chandi­garh, now, the protest will con­tinue un­til we get the pay­ment,” said union’s dis­trict pres­i­dent Sanju Gun­di­ana.

He said the pri­vate mills are mak­ing the most of the help­less­ness of farm­ers in lack of ac­tion from the gov­ern­ment. The pay­ment is pend­ing with the three pri­vate mills of Ya­mu­nana­gar, Bhad­son (Kar­nal) and Narain­garh (Am­bala) for the past four months.

Ear­lier, the mills were mak­ing excuses on the pre­text of de­cline in sugar prices; now, the prices have in­creased to Rs 38 per kg but the mills are still re­luc­tant to make the pay­ments, the farm­ers said.

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