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No facilities at mandis, say Sangrur farmers

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Sangrur, November 2

Already facing delay in the purchase of their paddy, farmers and labourers have complained about the absence of basic amenities like toilets and water supply at various grain markets of the district. There are 210 grain markets in the district.

Will look into it

We will take action if farmers and labourers are facing any problem. — Ramvir, Sangrur Deputy Commissioner

Bhupinder Singh, who works as a labourer in the Uppli grain market, alleged that farmers and labourers were being forced to defecate in open as there's no toilet at the grain market. Farmers and labourers at other grain markets in Bahadupur, Tunga, Lehra also complained about the same problem and demanded a quick action.

Though authorities have made temporary arrangements at some places, these are of no help. Women labourers are worst affected as they have to walk a long distance to find some suitable place to relieve themselves.

"It's really surprising that on papers, authorities have been making big claims to contain open defecation, but during the present paddy purchase, they have not made any arrangement for the farmers and labourers, especially women, visiting the markets," said Maninder Kaur, a labourer.

Dharminder Pashore, Lehra block president, BKU (Ugrahan), said: "The state government should look into the matter seriously." — TNS

from The Tribune

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