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Farmers form panel for proper use of fund

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, December 31

Many people may have a perception that farmers are not spending much for the Delhi protest as they are getting support from all quarters. However, the expenses of farmers are also not less. They spend around Rs 67,000 daily only to make themselves heard in a 9-km area through a sound system and to make proper lighting arrangements for gathered protesters at the Singhu border.

With each farmer contributing as per his capacity and funds also coming from other sections, farm organisations have formed an expense approval committee — which has members from various organisations — in order to maintain transparency in the utilisation of funds. The committee has also been sanctioning funds to make proper arrangements of cleaning, treatment of injured in various accidents, repair of vehicles and helping langar committees. Some farm leaders also pooled money from their pockets to purchase a mobile for a poor youth, who lost his phone during the stir.

“Farmer organisations are getting funds as each member is contributing. Money must be utilised with transparency. We have formed a committee for this. Around Rs 67,000 is our daily expense on sound and lighting system in 9-km area,” said committee member Raminder Singh Patiala. He said the organisations had decided that after the end of the protest, the remaining funds would be distributed among the families of farmers who lost their lives during the protest.

After some residents tried to blame farmers for lack of cleaning, the organisations, apart from deputing volunteers, also offered to bear the expenses if government authorities needed to be hired to clean the area.

from The Tribune

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