KBP to protest against injustices being done with farmers
Kisan Board Pakistan (KBP) has announced to arrange a demonstration on January 1, 2012, to protest against the unavailability of fertilisers, over-billing on agricultural tube wells, diesel price hike, unjustifiable distribution of canal water and excesses of sugar millers against growers.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2011
KBP (Central Punjab) President Chaudhry Noor Elahi will lead this demonstration to be staged in front of the Lahore Press Club (LPC), said in a statement issued by the KBP Central Secretary Information Haji Muhammad Ramzan here on Friday. According to the announcement growers from Lahore, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Narowal, Sialkot, Hafizabad, Gujrat and Mandi Bahuddin will participate in this demonstration under the leadership of their district presidents.
Meanwhile talking in a meeting of the entire district presidents convened to review arrangements for this protest demonstration, KBP provincial president alleged that according to an official inquiry report people from the government are involved in urea black-marketing. He said that people of liking used to be awarded dealership and these dealers made billions of rupees through black-marketing.
He also accused that the sugar mills owned by ministers, MNAs and MPAs are involved in making billions of rupees by depriving growers from their due rights. Chaudhry Noor Elahi urged the government to take immediate notice of these injustices and order an action.
He warned that if the government failed to take interest in resolving the issues faced by the growers then KBP would stage a long-march towards Islamabad along with growers from across the country. He also urged the government to ensure compensation of the damages done to the agriculture due to load shedding. He demanded that the agricultural tube wells should be exempted from load shedding in the larger national interests.