Farmers demand Central aid in Amritsar, disrupt train services

Last Updated: Wed, Sep 05, 2012 14:50 hrs

Farmers reeling under drought on Wednesday disrupted train services here in protest against the apathy of the Central and state governments.

Speaking to reporters, Kartar Singh, one of the protesters, demanded monetary aid from the Centre, and expressed displeasure over the irregular supply of electricity.

"We have disrupted train services to protest against the apathy of the state government in these times of drought. All the states, which are hit by drought, have been given relief but it has not happened in Punjab. Punjab should also get its share of relief aid. Also, we should get it directly and not via the provincial government. We are also facing the problem of erratic electricity supply," he said.

The government is taking emergency steps under contingency plans for farmers, which would provide for supplies of high-yielding seed varieties, ensure fodder availability and increased power supplies in some areas. (ANI)

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