Ruchika M Khanna
Press Reporter News Service
Chandigarh, November 17
Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi immediately held conferences with the leaders of 32 farmers’ unions and the BKU (Ekta Ugrahan) and acceded to a majority of their calls for (barring the agri-loan waiver).
The important thing calls for accepted by the CM included cancellation of FIRs in opposition to farmers for stubble burning and protesting in opposition to farm legal guidelines, enhancing the compensation for pink bollworm-hit cotton growers, expediting fee to paddy growers whose land information haven’t been uploaded on-line and granting jobs to the heirs of farmers who died in the course of the ongoing agitation.
“We now have agreed to their calls for. They have been absolutely happy… I even thanked them for waging such an extended wrestle for the sake of Punjab’s future,” the CM stated. With this, Channi appears to have staked his declare as a frontrunner of the farmers—one of many largest vote banks within the state.
By categorically stating that his authorities was even prepared to resign to assist farmers in opposition to farm legal guidelines, Channi has tried to woo and wean them away from gravitating in the direction of his predecessor, Capt Amarinder Singh.
Curiously, after some union leaders felt slighted at being pushed round by the CM’s safety earlier than the beginning of their assembly, not solely Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha, however the CM additionally went out and apologised to them.
Later, when union leaders have been requested whether or not Capt Amarinder Singh was attempting to resolve their problem, they stated, “We received’t let anybody from exterior take credit score.”
Leaders of all these unions led by Balbir Singh Rajewal and Buta Singh Burzgill stated they have been happy with the beneficial response they bought from the CM.
“We had demanded a compensation of Rs 40,000 per acre for the pink bollworm-hit farmers, the CM enhanced it from Rs 12,000 to Rs 17,000 per acre. He agreed to withdraw all FIRs registered in opposition to farmers. He has additionally agreed to extend compensation for land acquisition; giving farmers Rs 360 per quintal for cane… He assured of ending DAP scarcity and granting jobs to kin of all protesters who died in the course of the farm wrestle,” they stated. Burzgill stated the one pending problem was that of mortgage waiver, which the Congress had promised earlier than the final elections. “The difficulty can be mentioned with the CM on the subsequent assembly,” he stated.
Sukhbir: Congress deceptive unions
SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal on Wednesday requested Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi to inform farmers why the Congress get together had hoodwinked them for the final practically 5 years of its rule if it didn’t have any intention to waive their loans as promised over the last Meeting elections.