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DON’T HARASS COMMON MAN ON HOLLOW PRETEXT OF YOUR RIGHTS: CM URGES AGITATING UNIONS


Chandigarh, (Gurpreet) Urging the agitating unions to exercise their democratic right of protest without creating any inconvenience to the general public, the Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today said that harassment of common man on hollow pretext of rights must be avoided.

Taking a strong exception over stopping of roads by such unions to harass the general public, the Chief Minister, while interacting with the media here at his office in Punjab Civil Secretariat, said that though protest was democratic right of any citizen of the country but these unions must be sensitive towards the agonies being confronted the common people due to this. He said that it is unfortunate that some organisations have made it their ‘hobby’ to stop the roads and create inconvenience to the general public. Bhagwant Mann said that this callous and irresponsible attitude towards society is unwarranted and undesirable.

The Chief Minister said that his doors are always open for discussion with every section of society in consonance of which he held detailed meetings with farmers too and accepted their major demands. However, he said that despite this some organisations are harassing the people in the name of getting their rights, which is not justifiable. Listing the pro-farmers initiatives of his government, Bhagwant Mann said that for the first time in the history of the state his government has cleared all the pending arrears of sugarcane farmers.

The Chief Minister said that his government is giving Rs 380 as State Agreed Price (SAP) of the sugarcane crop. He asserted that it is the highest price being given by any state government in the country. Bhagwant Mann said that sugar mills have been directed to start crushing from November 20 and ensure timely payment to the farmers.

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