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Punjab farmer leaders submit memorandum to Governor; seek legal guarantee for MSP, withdrawal of Electricity Bill : The Tribune India


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Chandigarh, November 26

Several farmer leaders of Punjab on Saturday submitted a memorandum to Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit, requesting the implementation of their various demands, including legally guaranteed minimum support price and withdrawal from the Electricity Amendment Bill.

On the call of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), representatives of 33 farmers’ bodies in the state also took out a march to celebrate the second anniversary of their agitation against the three farm laws which have now been repealed.

However, the farmers, who came in large numbers from across the state, took out the procession from Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Mohali to the Chandigarh-Mohali border from where a representative of the Punjab Governor accepted a memorandum on his behalf.

A heavy police force has been deployed at the Chandigarh-Mohali border, officials said.

Later, several farmer leaders, including Joginder Singh Ugrahan, Harinder Singh Lakhowal and Harmeet Singh Kadian, were taken in a bus by the Chandigarh Police to Raj Bhavan in the Union Territory for a meeting with the Governor where they submitted the memorandum, which is addressed to the President.

Farmer leader Harmeet Singh Kadian, speaking to reporters after meeting Governor Banwarilal Purohit, said the governor had assured the farmer leaders that he would send their memorandum to the President on Sunday.

The SKM, a body of farmers’ unions which spearheaded the agitation against the four controversial farm bills which were later repealed by the Centre, has called for marches to Raj Bhavans across the country to protest two to celebrate a year since it launched the movement.

The leaders condemned the Center for allegedly betraying the farmers by not implementing the assurances made last year on demands like legally guaranteed MSP, and the withdrawal of the Electricity Bill, among others, and the withdrawal of all cases against farmers , although almost one year has now passed. .

Farmers had earlier gathered in Mohali and also held a rally on Saturday. A large number of protesters, including women from various parts of the state, participated in the rally.

Farmer leader Darshan Pal appealed to the Center to ensure legally guaranteed MSP on all crops.

Pal further said that indebted farmers were forced to end their lives and demanded the government to waive their entire debt.

The farmer leader also sought a pension of Rs 10,000 per month for small and marginal farmers and farm labourers.

Among other things, Pal called for withdrawing the Electricity Amendment Bill 2022, the sacking of the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Ajay Mishra, a comprehensive crop insurance scheme to compensate farmers for crop loss due to natural calamities, withdrawal of cases filed against farmers was registered during the agitation against the now repealed three farm laws and compensation to families of farmers who lost their lives during the agitation.

The SKM, a body of farmers’ unions which led the agitation against the Agrarian Bills, also convened a meeting on December 8 in Karnal to decide the future course of the movement.

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