SRINAGAR NOV 20: The J&K Kisan Tehreek held two separate protest public meetings at Anantnag and Kulgam on Monday. Among others, the protest meetings were addressed by secretary general of the organisation, Malik Ghulam Nabi and senior leaders, Ab Hamid Wani, Mohd Afzal Parrey and Mohd Amin.
The leaders criticised the govt. for its total failure to provide electricity in rural areas even with reasonable cuts and load shedding. It was pointed out that the power department has not been able to complete the 440 megawatt capacity grid station at Alsteng Srinagar. According to latest govt. statement this station was scheduled to be completed by the end of coming December but the very tenders have been cancelled. They demanded early completion of Alsteng and Budgam grid stations so that during the dry winter season more power could be imported and the available supply augmented in Kashmir Valley.
The leaders complained that while problem in towns is being addressed to some extent, the villages are totally neglected. The position of drinking water is not better or satisfactory. Not to say of filtered clean water even the unfiltered and untreated water is not available in several rural areas. The position is bound to deteriorate during the forthcoming winter. Govt. and the concerned departments need to take redresser measures at the earliest to avoid great inconvenience to the people and consequent agitation, the speakers emphasised.
Regarding the financial condition and poor returns to the produce of the farmers the leaders expressed their deep concern and dismay at the lack of marketing facilities for apple,saffron, walnut,almond,mushk budji rice and some other agricultural products.It was highlighted that despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clear cut assurance that all kinds of farmers will receive one and a half times assured return for their produce in the mandis,the farmers in J&K continue to either suffer outright losses or earn meagre profits.Prime Minister’s promise must be fulfilled the organisation leaders demanded.
Both at Anantnag and Kulgam the protesting farmers made a vehement demand for waving off the agriculture loans to all the small and marginal farmers with out any further delay. They also resolved to struggle for universal and compulsory crop insurance and pension for the old small farmers.
Today’s protest of the farmers was a part of the country wide agitation of the farming community. In New Delhi the farmers have announced to hold “farmer’s parliament ” to press their demands.