Tribune News Service

Parvesh Sharma

Sangrur, October 15

Farmers of Punjab under the banner of BKU Ugrahan on Saturday announced that they will take a “major action” on October 20 against the state government if it fails to fulfill their “accepted” demands.

Farmers have been sitting here near the local residence of Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann for the last seven days on an indefinite protest over their long-standing demands.

On Saturday, they organized Lalkar Diwas and announced that they will intensify their agitation in the coming days. Thousands of farmers with their families from all over Punjab attended Lalkar Diwas.

“We are not free to sit here in unlimited protests while the rice harvest has begun and we all have to take care of our fields. We have decided to take a major action against the Punjab government on October 20 if the government does not fulfill our accepted demands,” said Joginder Singh Ugrahan, president of BKU Ugrahan.

When asked whether they would block roads, railways or take some other action, Ugrahan said that it would be decided by the members and leaders of the organization.

Farmers have special demands on the state and central governments. From the Punjab government, they are demanding immediate release of financial assistance to farmers, who have suffered losses due to damage to cotton and other crops and special assessment of crops damaged recently, allocation of special budget for public water projects, closure of liquor factory near Zira for causing pollution, prompt action to prevent pollution of various canals by Ludhiana industrialists and others from other districts and others.

From the Centre, they are demanding swift action against all persons involved in Lakhimpur Kheri conspiracy and release of innocent farmers, government job for families of deceased farmers and financial assistance of Rs 10 lakh for each family, etc.

“The Punjab government is not serious about the welfare of the state’s farmers and all the demands of the farmers are only on paper,” said Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary of BKU Ugrahan.

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