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Farmers' protest cause 'fuel shortage' in Punjab; 50% less diesel dispatched

Farmers' protest: During the ongoing farmers' protest, which has resulted in chaotic scenes at the Punjab-Haryana border, 50% less diesel and 20% less gas were able to be delivered to Punjab, government sources said on Tuesday.

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Farmers' protest: During the ongoing farmers' protest, which has resulted in chaotic scenes at the Punjab-Haryana border, 50% less diesel and 20% less gas were able to be delivered to Punjab, government sources said on Tuesday.

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The farmers have presented 12 demands to the central government, for which they are marching to Delhi. The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, led by farmer union leaders Jagjeet Singh Dallewal and Sarwan Singh Pandher, organised this protest.

Why are farmers protesting?

According to the protesting farmers, the centre promised them better crop prices, after which they ended the 2021 protest. Protesting farmers are demanding to enact a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP) for all crops, as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission report.

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They also want a complete debt waiver and a scheme to provide pensions to farmers and farm workers.

Farmers have also urged the repeal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 and the reintroduction of the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, which requires farmer consent and compensation equal to four times the collector rate.

They also demand that those responsible for the Lakhimpur Kheri killings be punished.

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Farmers have also made an appeal to provide 200 days of employment per year and a daily wage of Rs 700 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA), which is linked to farming.

They have also demanded compensation for the families of farmers who died during the protests in 2021, as well as job opportunities for any family member.

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