Punjab, Haryana farmers taken into preventive custody

Last Updated: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 17:48

Chandigarh: Around 100 farmers from Punjab and Haryana, led by BJP`s farmers` wing, were taken into preventive custody near Zirakpur here, as they tried to march to Governor House to submit a memorandum detailing their demands, including right in profit of crops.

The farmers, led by BJP Kisan Morcha national president Om Prakash Dhankar, were on their way to the Governor for submitting their memorandum detailing 16 rights of farmers mentioned in the national charter of demands.

Besides the right in crops profit, purchase and bonus rights, security rights in times of crisis and right to cheap resources availability were some of the demands included in the memorandum.

"Implementation of pro-farmer policies, assured source of monthly income to farmers, promoting and implementing recommendations of the National Commission on Farmers report were some of the main demands," Dhankar told reporters here.

"With the farmers facing the worst economic crisis, they were even asking for permission to sell their organs to sustain the expenses of their families," Dhankar said.

"Except urea, all other inputs in farming are in control of multinational companies. In the last 15 years, 2.5 lakh farmers have been forced to commit suicide as paddy and wheat no more supplement their income," he said.
However, the protesters, were prevented by police from marching towards the Governor House and taken into custody.

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 17:48

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