Punjab farmers go virtual to garner support for stir - ECAS Punjab

Punjab farmers go virtual to garner support for stir

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 22

Though a majority of farmers and labourers are illiterate, many of them have started using the social media to mobilise support for their ongoing agitation.

Apart from handles of individuals, the official pages of various organisations are getting good support.

Understanding the importance of the social media, some organisations have also been giving basic training to their members. Youngsters have been playing a great role in the intiative.

"The social media, especially Facebook and WhatsApp, are of immense help to us these days as within minutes, our message reaches thousands of our members across Punjab. Many times, our leaders address big meetings while sitting away. We are still giving basic training to our members," said Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary, BKU (Ugrahan).

Almost all farm organisations have created their district and state-level WhatsApp groups to share information about the schedule of protests and issues. The BKU (Ugrahan), BKU (Lakhowal), Kirti Kisan Union, Zameen Prapti Sangharsh Committee, Krantikari Pendu Mazdoor Union, Mazdoor Mukti Morcha and others are also running their online campaigns successfully.



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