Shimla: To highlight the problems being faced by farmers, mainly in the apple belt, Himachal Kishan Sabha (HKS) has decided to hold protest demonstrations on 13th September.
In a communiquÃ©, Sanjay Chauhan, secretary HKS stated, â€œthe demonstrations are being held to show the callous attitude of the government towards the problems of kisans, especially the apple growers.â€
â€œVarious sections of the farmers, which would include apple growers, associations of apple growers would protest and submit a memorandum for the chief minister through the concerned tehsildars, sub divisional magistrates or other administrative officer,â€ he said.
He held that despite the government having made a projection of 3.25 crore apple boxes in June, adequate measure were not taken to hand such a volume, which has resulted in black marketing of packaging material, be it corrugated boxes or trays for placing apples in them.
Chauhan says that many areas in the apple belt were facing acute shortage of boxes as well as trays and to top it the market prices were hovering around Rs 140-550 for a 20 Kg box, which was not fetching remunerative returns to the growers.
Lamenting the road conditions, he said that traffic jams was a regular feature on National Highway 22 that runs into Kinnaur as well as on the Theog-Kotkhai-Jubbal-Rohru highway.
The alternate Chailla â€“Rajgarh road is closed since 18 days, said Chauhan. Condition of other rural roads was worse and some were closed down for long periods, he adds.
The government authorities had failed to enforce freight charges. Shortages of transport vehicles was forcing farmers to pay exorbitant freight fares, he claimed.
The planned protest intends to highlight these and other issues so that timely intervention of the government can be sought, says Chauhan.