Punjab farmers to end protest on June 6

Punjab Farmer, BS Raju

New Delhi, June 4: In a bid to avoid dispute between suppliers and farmers, Bhartiya Kisan Union leader BS Raju announced that peasants have decided to end protest on June 6, the day which marks the first anniversary of the deaths of seven peasants during police firing in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, Raju said “protests have been peaceful so far. In several places, farmers set up shops to sell vegetables directly to consumers which benefited everyone”.

“But to avoid dispute between suppliers and farmers we’ve decided to end our protest, in Punjab, on June 6 itself”, he added.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has described the ongoing protest by farmers as a sign of their desperation in the face of the wrongs being perpetrated on them by the Central government. Already reeling under high fuel prices, people suffered a further jolt as prices of vegetables shot up manifold.

The farmers on Friday launched a 10-day-long agitation “Kisan Avkash” to press for their demands, including waiver of loans and the right price for crops.

Other demands of farmers include pension to farmers after 55 years and implementation of recommendations of Swaminathan Commission .


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