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Wheat not procured, farmers protest in Moga

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Tribune News Service
Moga, April 25

Farmers staged a protest against the Union and state governments for "failing" to lift thousands of tonnes of wheat lying in the grain market at Bhodiwala village in the Dharamkot subdivision of Moga district.

Voice anger over irregular ration supply

  • angrur: Farmers, labourers and students protested the delay in the purchase of wheat and release of payment by the Central and state governments.
  • To ensure social distancing due to Covid, BKU Ugrahan chief Joginder Ugrahan addressed protesters on Facebook, alleging that all claims of the government were only on paper.
  • Members of various organisations also voiced anger

    over lack of ration supply. TNS

They alleged the Food Corporation of India (FCI) was not purchasing wheat from them. The Bhodiwala village grain market has been allotted to the FCI for the purchase of foodgrain.

Sukhchain Singh, Kamaljit Singh and other protesting farmers said they were waiting for their turn to sell the grain for the past couple of days, but the procurement authorities were not willing to buy.

"Though the government claims to have been procuring wheat, the ground situation suggests otherwise. One can see the glut-like situation in the grain market," said Naib Singh, another protesting farmer.

Deva Ram Meena, assistant manager, Quality Control, FCI, said the grain had lost lustre due to untimely rain in the past few days. "As per the procurement norms, we cannot purchase such grain," he said.

However, he said a special team of the Centre had taken samples of the produce, the report of which was awaited. "If the Centre allows, we will definitely pick up every grain from the village," he added.

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