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Kisan unions calls for grain market bandh on April 17 and 18

Written by: Staff

Moa, Apr 10 (UNI) A joint meeting of three Kisan Unions of Punjab today gave a call to the farmers of the state not to bring their produce to the grain markets on April 17 and 18 as a mark of protest against the failure of the Union government to increase the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of wheat from the current Rs 650.

The call was given after a joint meeting of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU-Lakhowal), BKU (Rajewal) and BKU Ekta (Peshoura Singh) held at Ludhiana today.

The unions also urged the commission agents and labour unions to extend full support to their call given to the farmers and not purchase any grain from the market on these two days.

The meeting decided to fight unitedly for the cause of farmers and in this respect a six member working council has been constituted. The working council decided to intensify farmers struggle to get remunerative prices for the farmers produce with particular reference to hike in MSP of wheat from Rs 650 to 950 per quintal.

The meeting also decided to oppose the import of 20 lakh MT of wheat from abroad, Professor Manjit Singh Kadian, Secretary General BKU (Lakhowal) announced here after attending the meeting.

The working council of the kisan unions urged the Union Food Ministry for reviewing of the MSP of wheat in view of exorbitant rise in agriculture inputs.

The meeting was attended among others by Balbir Singh Rajewal, Ajmer Singh Lakhowal and Bagh Singh Vice-president of BKU Ekta Peshoura Singh group.


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