Thousands of UP Farmers march towards Delhi, Hold Sit-In Protest

Farmers Protest

New Delhi, Sep 21: Thousands of farmers marching to the national capital under the umbrella of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (Indian Farmers’ Organisation) to protest against pending sugarcane dues among other demands was stopped near the Delhi border on Sunday. The farmers were stopped by police near Ghazipur on National Highway 24.Farmers have decided to hold a hunger strike if their demands are not met even after their march to Delhi.

On UP farmers march to Kisan Ghat in Delhi, Puran Singh, President, Bhartiya Kisan Sangathan said, “11 representatives are being taken to the Ministry of Agriculture. If our demands our accepted, then we will return from here (Delhi-UP border) else we will march to Delhi.”

FARMERS DEMANDs

. Waive off Debt of all farmers
. pending sugarcane dues
. Free electricity and water for irrigation
. Free education and health facilities
. Farmers and labourers must receive a pension of Rs 5,000 a month after the age of 60
. Prices of crops should be decided in the presence of farmers’ representatives
. In case of accidental death of farmers while farming, they should be given martyr status
. The farmers should get benefit of accident insurance scheme
. High court and AIIMS should be established in western Uttar Pradesh
. Stray cattle rearers must receive allowance of Rs 300 per day

“We have arranged everything for the security as you can see. Once they reach here, we will talk to them and then reach to a conclusion,” a senior police official was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Puran Singh, National President, Indian Farmers Organization, said: “After our negotiations with Agriculture Ministry officials failed, we are left with only this option of marching to Delhi to draw attention towards our demands.”

UP minister of sugarcane development and sugarcane mills Suresh Rana said the Uttar Pradesh government has set October 31 as the deadline for sugar mills to clear dues of cane growers.


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