Secretary flees office on seeing farmers enter Kaithal mandi | Chandigarh News – Times of India

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KAITHAL: The local mandi secretary fled his office on Thursday when the farmers became an invading army after a week of quiet camping in the grain markets with their paddy.
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar had promised them a hassle-free procurement from September 27. Four days later, the district administration continues to sit on their complaints.
The farmers found a loudspeaker to raise the slogans of ‘pahle lade the goron se, ab ladenge choron se’ (We fought with British first and now we’ll take on the thieves). By thieves, they meant the politicians.
For hours, the farmers waited for the mandi secretary. Then irate with the official’s attitude, they locked themselves in with his staff and started a protest. They told TOI they were tired of waiting for procurement. They looked depressed and their eyes searched for rescue. Farmer Prem (62) of Deora village in Kaithal district said: “I brought the paddy from my 8.5 acres on September 25 and joined hundreds of other camping farmers.”
Farmer Jagmel (55) of the same village said: “The cattle at home are starving, while the farmers are in the mandi. We don’t know whether to guard our exposed grain dumped in the mandis, prepare for the next crop, or take care of home. His voice choked. Kaithal deputy commissioner Sujan Singh cut the call when asked to respond.
Haryana agriculture minister J P Dalal told TOI: “I will look into why the procurement is delayed, as the state government has issued clear orders to purchase the paddy. Rest assured, we will resolve the farmers’ issues.”

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