CHANDIGARH: Farmers demanding compensation for the damage caused to the cotton crop by pink bollworm, broke the police barrier and laid siege to the residence of Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal in Muktsar district on Thursday.
The farmers, who are protesting under the banner of Bharti Kisan Sangh (Ekta Ugrahan), have been holding an indefinite dharna near Badal’s residence since October 5. They are demanding compensation of Rs 60,000 per acre for cotton crop besides Rs 30,000 per acre for farm laborers. Loss.
He said the farmers broke police barriers to ‘Gherao’, Badal’s residence, on Thursday after the farmers did not get any positive response from the state authorities on their demands.
Heavy police force was deployed near Badal’s residence.
BKU (Ekta Ugraan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan said they would continue the sit-in outside Badal’s residence till their demands were met.
Pink bollworm pest has caused extensive damage to cotton crop in Malwa regions, especially in Bathinda district.
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa on Wednesday issued instructions to immediately complete the special girdawari work to assess the actual damage caused to the cotton crop by pink bollworm.
Randhawa had directed the Financial Commissioner (Development) to ensure that the affected farmers are compensated before Diwali after the completion of the special ‘girdawari’ so that the farmers of the cotton belt can be compensated.
Earlier, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Randhawa had visited the affected areas after pink bollworm attack on cotton crop in Malwa belt.
The present situation of cotton farmers in Punjab is grim due to pink bollworm as most of the farmers have uprooted the crop and are demanding compensation from the government.