28,000 arhtiyas pledge support to protesters - ECAS Punjab

28,000 arhtiyas pledge support to protesters

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Sangrur, September 20

The representatives of around 28,000 arhtiyas of the state today passed a resolution, announcing full support to farmers in their agitation against the farm Bills. They handed it over to Cabinet Minister Vijay Inder Singla as he belongs to a family of arhtiyas.

Arhtiyas have also decided to call a state-level meeting on September 23 at Chandigarh to further intensify their agitation.

They also announced that they would convince all shopkeepers of Punjab to keep their shops closed on September 25 to support the 'Punjab bandh'.

Arhtiyas alleged that these Bills were direct assault on Punjab's agrarian economy that has around 28,000 arhtiyas who procure crops from farmers through a network of 1,860 permanent grain markets spread across 12,650 villages of the state.

Singla said the government had already announced to oppose the contentious farm Bills. "I would take up the matter with the CM, who is already supporting farmers, arhtiyas and others," the minister said. — TNS



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