JAIPUR: Farmers across many districts of Rajasthan on Friday staged protests and stopped trucks supplying milk and vegetables to support a nationwide 10-day “Gaon Bandh” protest to draw the government’s attention to their woes.
The farmers in Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Jhunjhunu, Jaipur, Sikar, Bikaner and Nagaur spilled milk, vegetables on roads and highways. At some places like Chomu in Jaipur, the farmers tried to forcefully shut the market. In Sriganganagar too, farmers had a heated argument with mandi and wholesaler dealers. Speaking to TOI over phone, Santveer Singh, member of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, said that bandh was a successful in northern Rajasthan. “We have begun our agitation as part of a nationwide 10-day Gaon Bandh protest. Farmers in Sriganganagar and Hanumangarh have set up their stalls where they are selling vegetables and milk at relatively cheaper price. We are not allowing vegetables and milk tankers to enter into cities,” Singh said.
Farmer leaders said that they have been demanding loan waiver, minimum support price for their produces and implementation of Swaminathan committee recommendations.
Hanumangarh district collector Dinesh Chand Jain that situation is under control and the district administration is in talks with cooperative societies to ensure supply of vegetables like potato and onion in the city.
The farmers across the state stopped milk tankers of different diary cooperatives in order to stop the supply of milk products. The officials told TOI that while there was enough supply of milk for Friday and Saturday, the situation can become complex if the agitation continues.