Farmers of Punjab and Haryana are protesting after the paddy procurement stopped.
New Delhi/Chandigarh: The central government has suspended paddy procurement in Punjab and Haryana. After this the farmers are furious. In Haryana, farmers have come out on the streets. Farmers demonstrated outside Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar’s residence in Karnal. Here the police tried to stop by putting up barricades, but the farmers broke the barricades. The police used water cannons to stop the farmers.Also Read – Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi met PM Modi, discussed these issues including India-Pakistan Corridor
It is being told that the central government has banned the purchase of paddy in Punjab and Haryana till October 10. Due to this, the farmers of both the states are angry and are protesting from place to place. Today, farmers gathered outside the CM residence in Karnal. The police tried to stop them by putting up barricades, but the farmers broke the barricades after a confrontation with the police. The police used water cannons to stop the farmers. Also Read – ‘Supreme’ reprimand to farmers demanding protest at Jantar Mantar – ‘You have strangled the whole city and now you…’
#WATCH Protestors break barricades, police use water cannon against them, gathered outside the residence of Haryana CM ML Khattar in Karnal after paddy procurement delayed till October 10 in Haryana pic.twitter.com/ZPWqYp1JqU
— ANI (@ANI) October 2, 2021
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Regarding this impasse, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said that the farmers’ agitation is becoming violent day by day. Vij said in a tweet, “Violent agitation will not be allowed in Mahatma Gandhi’s country. The leaders of the farmers should be patient during the agitation.” The Center said that the delay in procurement of paddy is in the overall interest of farmers and consumers as well as due to unseasonal rains, non-ripening of paddy grains. Paddy procurement was to begin on October 1 in Punjab and Haryana by October 11.
According to the India Meteorological Department data, the rainfall in Punjab and Haryana during September 2021 is 77 per cent and 139 per cent above normal, respectively, a release by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution said. There was widespread protest and outrage over the delay in procurement in Punjab and Haryana.
A day earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi also met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and requested him to withdraw the decision to suspend paddy procurement for 10 days. In protest, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Badal reached the head office of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) here to get the moisture of the food grains checked with a trolley full of paddy.
Talking to the media, Badal said that the postponement in paddy procurement would spell doom for the state’s economy. He said, “Farmers had planned in advance and started harvesting their crops from last few days. Paddy has also reached the ‘mandis’ in the state. Postponing the purchase will not only harass the farmers, but will also threaten the paddy crop in case of spoilage.”