STATE TIMES NEWS VIJAYPUR: Congress Party on Wednesday criticised the Government for ignoring farmers suffering in Jammu whereas Union Ministers conducting tours on already managed places. To highlight the suffering of the farmers, District President of Congress Committee, Samba, and former Minister, Manjeet Singh led farmers organised a protest demonstration in support of their demands here. The protesters demanded that the Government should enhance their compensation for the losses they suffered due to inclement weather conditions. After the demonstration, the protesters led by senior Congress leader Manjit Singh handed over a memorandum to LG Girish Chander Murmu through SDM Vijaypur demanding compensation from the Government. Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Manjit Singh said that the Government has fixed Rs 675 per kanal whereas, the farmers have spent Rs 2000 per kanal after using fertilizers and other things. “If a farmer has suffered losses on 30 to 40 kanals of land, they would not be able to get compensation because Government is not giving compensation over 20 kanals,” said Manjit Singh. He said that Kashmir’s farmers and fruit growers were given adequate compensation, and “We have demanded that minimum compensation should be Rs 2000 to Rs 2500 per kanal to the farmers. They also demanded to wave off the pump charges as they were not able to use them. “For six months, ration should be given free of cost to the farmers,” he demanded while handing over memorandum to the SDM Vijaypur. Criticizing BJP for neglecting farmers in Jammu, the former minister Manjit Singh said that “The visit of Union Ministers to Jammu has ignored the suffering of the farmers. BJP rules for rich people and the poor are suffering under their regime.” Those who spoke on the occasions included Babal Gupta, Teerath Bhagat, Block President Capt Mohan Lal Sharma, Block President Ramgarh Bachan Choudhary, Block President (Bari Brahmana) Babu Ram Bhagat, Sarpanch Joginder Lal, Ex-Sarpanch Sham Lal, Ex-Sarpanch Balwant Singh Nagra, District President OBC Cell Raj Kumar, Tilak Raj Sharma, Naib Sarpanch Abtal Manjeet Singh, Sub Ram Lal, Mohan Singh, Ex sarpanch Natha Ram, Kartar Singh, Sham Lal, Corporate Ashok Kumar and others.
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