Villagers pitch in, ensure uninterrupted supply of essentials to protesters - ECAS Punjab

Villagers pitch in, ensure uninterrupted supply of essentials to protesters

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 18

For the success of protests at Patiala and Badal village against the three contentious Bills, rural households have started liberally contributing grocery items, milk, vegetables and other things to protesters. Now, the BKU (Ugrahan) has sufficient quantity of essential commodities for its both protests.

Earlier, the BKU (Ugrahan) had announced its protest from September 15 to 20, but now it has decided to extend it till September 25.

"We made announcements in villages before the start of our protests. Within hours, a majority of residents reached us with bags of flour, packets of sugar and vegetables. Since we cannot store supplies at the protest sites, we have kept these in villages and sending it to protesters as per their requirement," said Dharminder Pashore, Lehra block president, BKU (Ugrahan).

The union has set up stage management, langar and transport committees to ensure timely distribution of food, tea and water among protesters daily. As per a rough estimate, around 2,000 members have been included in the committees to ensure smooth completion of all work. "I have contributed 20 kg flour and one kg sugar. Many others have contributed groceries as per their capacity as it's our fight against the Central Government," said Balwinder Kaur, a resident of Pashore village.

Apart from residents, gurdwaras have also been preparing langar and supplying it to protesters. A gurdwara committee from Sangrur supplied rice to protesters in Patiala today. "Many gurdwara committee members are calling us as they want to supply langar to protesters. We are preparing a list so that the food does not go waste," said Rajpal Singh, a BKU leader.

Apart from participating in the protest along with union members, many farmers have been reaching the protest sites in their own vehicles to express solidarity with farmers.

from The Tribune

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