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Friday, 5 February 2021

Village-level panels raise funds for stir

Deepender Deswal

Tribune News Service

Hisar, February 4

Villages in the district have formed committees to ensure prolonged support to the farmers' agitation at the Delhi borders. These committees collect donation from villagers, and supply milk and food to protesting farmers.

Sisay village, which is one of the most populous in the state with 28,000 residents, has set an example of how to manage things efficiently by pooling in resources.

The village, which was recently upgraded to the Municipal Committee, has formed a 10-member panel headed by former sarpanch Randhir Singh. Each member has been assigned a role. For example, Ajit looks after the accounts.

"Recently, two persons donated Rs 51,000, while other farmers chipped in with Rs 11,000. The committee has asked villagers, who are working in the services sector, to contribute financially," he said.

Another committee member Pradeep Singh said: "A person is asked to donate on the basis of land he owns. Earlier, we collected Rs 100 per acre. Now, the contribution has been doubled. Donation is not collected from landless families."

He has donated Rs 1,000 as he owns five acres.

The committee members gather near the village temple every day with goods contributed by villagers and then supply the articles at the Tikri border.

"Each family has been asked to send one person to the dharna site every week. Since ours is one of the populous villages which was upgraded to town two years ago, we should lead by example," another member Rajesh Kumar said.

Like Sisay, other villages in the district have formed committees to support farmers in the form of funds and food.

Balwan Singh, a khap leader of Sulkhani village, said: "It has become a people's agitation. From Agroha to Bhiwani Rohillan and Bahbalpur to Adampur, every village stands in support of farmers. Even landless labourers have backed the agitation."

11 points earmarked in Karnal

Karnal: On the 'chakka jam' call by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, local farmers have earmarked 11 points in the district where roads will be blocked from noon to 3 pm on Saturday. The major blockade will be at the Bastara toll plaza on the National Highway-44, where farmers are staging dharna. The other roads that will be blocked are the Karnal-Kaithal road in Nissing, the Karnal-Indri road at Ramba, the Nilokheri-Dhand road at Nigdhu, the Karnal-Assandh road near the grain market, the Indri-Garhibirbal road near the Biana grain market, the Indri-Kurukshetra road near Bhadson, the Karnal-Jind National Highway-709A at the Peont toll plaza, the Karnal-Dhand road at Kachwa, the Karnal-Meerut road at Nagla chowk and the Munak-Assandh road. TNS

Mobile Internet ban extended in 2 dists

The government has extended the suspension of mobile internet services, bulk SMS service and dongle services in Sonepat and Jhajjar districts till 5 pm on February 5.

from The Tribune

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