As donations dwindle, women farmers from Punjab hope to revive Singhu site

Lots of of women farmers from Punjab arrived at Singhu border to assist protesters accumulate donations and with langar sewa. Ever for the reason that Republic Day violence at Purple Fort, donations have dipped on the protest site and some meals stalls have additionally closed.

On Tuesday, over 100 women from Jalandhar joined the protest, saying they have been “agitated” after listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech in Parliament, and wished to preserve the motion “alive”.

Malkit Kaur (45), a wheat farmer from Jalandhar, got here in a truck with 30 different women late Monday. She mentioned her husband has been protesting at Singhu for 2 months and needs to return and maintain the farm. “I need to present the PM we’re right here to keep. He can name us names however we received’t depart till the legal guidelines are repealed. We have been advised there’s a dip in donations and introduced 50 quintal flour. We donated 2 quintals at every langar. Our household will deliver extra flour subsequent week.”

The women additionally advised their members of the family to return to their villages and ask farmers for greens and donations.

Jasvinder Kaur (50), a farmer from Jalandhar, mentioned, “I despatched my son and husband again to our village. They are going to speak to our neighbours and persuade them to come right here and donate. We expect the federal government shouldn’t be solely attempting to discredit our motion but additionally ignore our points.”

Farmers complained that although MSP for maize is Rs 1,800 per quintal, they solely get Rs 800-1,000 per quintal at mandis. “How is that this MSP going to profit us? We wish honest costs for our produce,” mentioned Jasvinder.

Women farmers from Jalandhar wore green-coloured chunnis and scarves to symbolise their connection to the fields.

Harbant Singh (84) got here along with his spouse, daughter-in-law and grandchildren to take part within the protest. Singh mentioned their household is bringing water cans weighing 80 quintals from their village in Kadiana, Phillaur.

“We wish to assist farmers in no matter approach we are able to. Although the Republic Day violence was a setback for us, we’re getting stronger. The Centre remains to be not listening to us,” mentioned Singh.

From Nawanshahr in Punjab, a gaggle of 70-80 women arrived at Singhu with yellow safa and chunnis to pay tribute to Shaheed Bhagat Singh. Ramanjeet (50), a sugarcane farmer, mentioned, “I advised my sons to donate for the motion. One in every of them is an engineer based mostly in Mumbai. After I arrived right here, he wished me luck and advised me to maintain myself. My husband is the one one who’s taking good care of our farms now.”

The women later gathered close to a mall on the protest site and picked up greens — potatoes, cauliflower, onion — and flour for the langars. They mentioned they plan to sleep in a corridor contained in the mall, and had introduced mattresses for different protesters.

When requested in regards to the donations, Dr Darshan Pal Singh, Samyukta Kisan Morcha spokesperson, mentioned “Sure, there’s a dip in donations at Singhu. Earlier than Republic Day, extra folks have been coming and donating.”

Farmer leaders mentioned they’re hoping extra protesters will donate as lots of the farmers who left Singhu earlier are returning. As of now, the organisation is in a position to accumulate over Rs 5-6 lakh per day via donations. This goes into meals, electrical energy, medical payments, stage preparations, tarps, and many others.

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