Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Farmers to hold rally on March 1 at Kurukshetra

CHANDIGARH: Farmers' organisation Bhartiya Kisan Union today said it would hold a rally in the state on March 1 to protest against the Centre's alleged failure to implement a series of welfare policies for the farming sector.
"The protest rally will be held at Kurukshetra and scores of farmers from Punjab and Haryana are expected to take part in it," BKU President (Punjab) Ajmer Singh Lakhowal told reporters here today.
Among the key demands will be the fixation of the Minimum Support Price of rice and wheat as per the Swaminathan Commission report, which recommends 50 per cent profit of total cost to farmers, said Lakhowal
Pension for farmers, separate budget for agriculture on the lines of railways, MSP for all crops, crop loans and complete loan waiver for the farming sector are other issues that will be raised, he said.
BKU national spokesman Rakesh Tikait said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured on March 8, 2011 that the pending demands of farmers would be accepted soon.
"But now farmers do not have any option except protest," he said.

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