Why farmers are sitting on dharna outside Punjab CM Mann amid tourism summit?
The three-day Punjab Tourism Summit in Mohali has been overshadowed by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (the farmers' protest).-
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has started dharnas at more than 30 locations, including in front of the homes of Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, AAP ministers, and notable BJP leaders.
The SKM is demanding a relief package for the farmers who have been affected by the floods.
Meanwhile, these protests synchronized precisely with the Punjab government's tourism summit which began on Monday and is scheduled to last until September 13. Protesters staged a dharna outside the home of the Tourism Minister Anmol Gagan Mann in Khaarar.
Furthermore,The General secretary of BKU Dakaunda, Jagmohan Singh Patiala was quoted expressing their demand for a Rs 10,000 crore flood relief package for Punjab. Jagmohan Singh Patiala pointed out that this highlights the neglect of both the state and Union governments in dealing with the natural calamity in the region.
He emphasised on the importance of addressing the concerns of flood-affected farmers regarding the government's promotion of Punjab as a tourism hub.
Buta Singh Burjgill, president of BKU Dakaunda was also quoted stressing that if the government does not announce a relief package for the state, they will hold another meeting on September 13 to plan their next steps.
Farmers are seeking Rs 70,000 per acre in compensation, as opposed to the current offer of Rs 6,800 per acre. They also want Rs 10 lakh in compensation for the deceased, up from Rs 3 lakh offered by the state government, as well as Rs 1 lakh for cattle losses and Rs 5 lakh for flood-damaged houses.
Notably, farmers in Sangrur gathered near the main chowk on the Sangrur-Patiala road on Monday and later moved to Dreamland Colony, where they began the three-day-long dharna, pitching tents for an overnight stay on the roads.
Punjab Chief Minister's claim that the state has sufficient funds. However, Narain Dutt, a member of the Punjab Inqlaabi Manch expressed concern about Bhagwant Mann's reluctance to seek a flood relief package from the Central Government as reported.