Farm loan waiver: Punjab farmers to hold protest on 12 June

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    PTI | Chandigarh

    June 8, 2017 | 06:06 PM
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To demand farm loan waiver and seek implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report, seven farmers’ organisations of Punjab will hold a joint protest on 12 June.

The decision was taken on Thursday at a joint meeting of the farmer unions in Moga to decide on a course of action in view of the farmers’ protests in Maharashtra and Madhya Pardesh (MP).

Speaking to The Statesman, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta) chief Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said Punjab government should come up with its farm loan waiver by 7 July or farmer unions will hold a joint meeting on that day to decide their future course of action.

"We are demanding complete farm loan waiver for farmers who are incapable of paying banks loans of the banks and money lenders. It's a decisive fight for us. We will not let run away without giving farm loan waiver. It the state government fails to come with a satisfactory loan waiver scheme by 7 July, we will hold a joint meetings and decide the future course of action," " he said adding that they will also demand unemployment allowance which was also responsible for dependence of loans.

The BKU (Ekta) chief said two sets of memorandums will be given on 6 June to the deputy commissioner. "One will be for seeking farm loan waiver and other will be for seeking action against those responsible for the killing of six farmers in MP," he said.  

The memorandum will also seek implementation of Swaminathan Commission report which had recommended for keeping the minimum support price at least 50 per cent more than the total input cost.

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