The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) led by Balbir Singh Rajewal will hold a dharna on February 22 at Banur to protest against “anti-farmer” policies of the Central government.
Rajewal said the demonstration was aimed at pressing the Union Government to stop the import of wheat and to direct the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) to procure potato from farmers at Rs 900 per quintal.
In a statement issued here today, Rajewal alleged that the BJP was out to harm the interests of the farmers of the state because it was importing wheat from other countries.
He said already 25 lakh tonnes of wheat had arrived and 15 lakh tonnes more would soon land at different ports of the country.
He said he was “apprehending that the Union Government would create hurdles in the procurement of wheat in the state”, adding that due to this reason it was importing wheat from other countries.
“This government is anti-farmer and is being run by corporate houses. All farmer organisations should join hands to protest against the anti-farmer policies of the Centre,” he added.
Rajewal said: “Farmers suffered most due to demonetisation, but the government did not give any relief to them. We have planned to mobilise farmers of other states to launch a big agitation on issues related to farmers in the country”.
20 Feb 2020
21 Feb 2020