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Women protest for debt waiver

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Sangrur, September 7

Under the banner of the BKU Ugrahan, women staged protests against the Central and state governments policies in various districts of the state today. They expressed dissatisfaction over the debt waiver scheme of the state government.

"My husband committed suicide in 2017, while we have only 1 acre of land. Despite submitting all papers to the government, we have not got waiver. My 16-year-old son and I have been attending all protests to vent out our anger against the authorities," said Baljit Kaur, a protester at the grain market.

"After the suicide of my son, my husband was not able to earn enough money and my daughter-in-law and I had to work in a factory. My case for debt waiver was rejected without any valid reason," said Jasbir Kaur, another protester.

The BKU Ugrahan organised statewide protests in Sangrur, Moga, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Ferozepur, Fazilka, Ludhiana, Patiala, Barnala, Mansa, Bathinda, Muktsar and Faridkot districts against Centre's ordinances. Apart from ordinances, they criticised the state government for its "failure" in giving complete debt waiver to farmers.

Sukhdev Singh Kokri Kalan, general secretary, BKU Ugrahan, said, "Rural women neither have education nor any platform to share their issues. Our union has been working to increase their participation in the rallies." —

Rollback of farm ordinances sought

Chandigarh, September 7

The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee on Monday launched its Jail Bharo Andolan to protest against the Centre's farm ordinances across all districts of the state. Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) and the members of the committee staged a sit-in in Moga, Amritsar, Ferozepur and Fazilka. Besides, the union also staged a protest at eight other districts.

Farmers alleged that the ordinances were aimed at corporatisation of agriculture, and were against their interests. — TNS

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