Chandigarh: Activists of five different farmers’ organisations on Monday disrupted rail traffic at several places in Punjab for about three hours, protesting what they termed the “meagre” bonus announced by the Centre.
Activists of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU-Ekta), Kisan Sangarsh Samiti, All India Kirti Kisan Sabha, Punjab Kisan Sabha and Kisan Sabha blocked rail traffic between 12 noon to 3 p.m. protesting the Rs 50 bonus above the Minimum Support Price of paddy and demanding it be increased.
Railway authorities said they suspended traffic on the Ferozepur-Ludhiana section and Ambala-Amritsar section of as a precautionary measure for three hours.
Officials said the protests were peaceful and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
BKU-Ekta general secretary Sukhdev Singh claimed his organisation’s activists disrupted traffic at Kapurthala, Amritsar, Ferozepur, Jalandhar, Moga, Bathinda and Barnala.
At Rajpura junction, several farmers stopped trains for about three hours.
The farmers claimed that the Rs 50 bonus was not acceptable to them as it was “too little”.
Patiala district president of BKU-Pishora Gurbax Singh Balbehra said the announcement of Rs 50 per quintal bonus for paddy announced by the Centre was “unacceptable” to the farmers.
The Centre’s apathy against farmers was evident when it fixed Rs 850 per quintal as MSP for paddy, which was even much below the Rs 1050 per quintal recommended by Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices, he added. -- PTI