Farmers seek higher sugarcane support price
Haridwar, September 23
Peasants from across the district are camping in the city to press for hiked sugarcane support price. This time various farmers' unions have made it clear that meagre assurances would not do, and they want the rates to be announced as soon as possible.
Under the aegis of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, various peasant unions have pitched in to support the ongoing agitation in which daily protests are being held at various parts of the district.
They include Lakshar, Bahadrabad, Khanpur, Laldhang, Roorkee, Jwalapur and Bhagwanpur.
The gravity of this agitation can be gauged by the fact that peasants had kidnapped a sugarcane official at Jwalapur office and left him late at night only after intervention by the District Magistrate.
Garhwal division Bharatiya Kisan Union chief Sanjay Chaudhari said that for the past two months peasants have been going to sugarcane office, where no one paid any heed to their woes of delayed hike in sugarcane procurement price.
Chaudhari said that apart from this, the state government was further delaying the announcement of the support price of sugarcane, which is breeding unrest among the farmer community.
A letter has also been posted to Union Minister for Agriculture (State) Harish Rawat by the BKU, apprising him of their agitation.
It is also stated in the letter that he as Union State Minister must intervene in this matter.Taking cognizance of this letter, Harish Rawat has now written to Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna to ensure speedy payment to the farmers as well as make sure this year's sugarcane price is given at least Rs 20 higher than the price of last year.
While presiding over the protest meeting here today, Chaudhari Jagbeer Singh warned that till state Congress government announced new hiked sugarcane support price, farmers would not be leaving the agitation venue.
He added that ignoring farmers had cost the previous BJP state government heavily as it was not only in the plains that farmers lived but also in hill districts, where people depended on agriculture.
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