Chapatti makers, washing machines ease farmers’ agitation at Tikri border - ECAS Punjab

Chapatti makers, washing machines ease farmers’ agitation at Tikri border

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Ravinder Saini

Tribune News Service

Rohtak, December 12

Farmers from across the state, who are protesting at the Tikri-Bahadurgarh border along with their counterparts from Punjab, are making optimum use of technology to make the long haul at the protest site bearable.

Farmers operate a washing machine at Tikri-Bahadurgarh border. Tribune photo

They are using technology to the fullest by using two roti-making machines, which churn out rotis in three seconds and knead the dough within minutes.

They also have washing machines and WiFi supported LED televisions to keep them updated about the latest news. For continuous power supply, they have brought generator sets and solar panels at the site.

"We brought the roti-machine on rent here from Delhi around 10 days ago to serve langar to scores of farmers. With this, we are able to feed 10 to 15 thousand farmers daily without any trouble as the roti-making machine churns out a roti in three second," said Haryana Kisan Manch state president Prahlad Singh Bharukhera from Sirsa.

He said eight persons remain engaged with the roti-making and dough kneading machines at one time.

"We just put the dough in the machine, which first rolls out the roti and then prepares. The technology has made our job easier. The machine will be kept here and the langar continues until the protest ends," he added.

Another group of farmers from Fatehabad have put up an LED television and a washing machine under the Metro over bridge here.

"Tractor-trailers and tents are our make-shift abode these days as we don't know how long the protest will go hence television was needed to get updates about the protest while washing machine was required to clean the clothes as it has been over a fortnight away from home amid mud and pollution. Since most of the protesters being the elderly hence availability of washing machines is saving their energy to carry the fight forward," said Navdeep Singh Nathwal, a farmer.

Nathwal said these facilities have made it easier for the farmers to stay updated about the latest ongoings and also have eased them in performing their daily chores. The TVs are supported by the WiFi hence no one face any issue watching the latest news reports, he added.



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