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Farm Labourers given drugs to work longer, Centre tells Punjab; bid to malign image, says farmer leader -Deeptiman Tiwary and Raakhi Jagga

-The Indian Express Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of BKU Dakaunda and member of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), accused the Centre of trying to “malign the image of farmers”. Ludhiana: In a letter that could trigger a new flashpoint in its ongoing five-month-long face-off with protesting farmers from Punjab, the Centre has asked the state government to take action on the findings of a probe by the BSF that migrant...

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7,300 Farm Labourers ended lives in 18 years: Study -Ruchika M Khanna

-The Tribune ‘High indebtedness, inability to repay loan led to extreme step’ Over 7,300 Farm Labourers in Punjab have died by suicide between 2000 and 2018. As many as 5,765 of these (79 per cent of total suicides by Farm Labourers) were because of high indebtedness and inability to repay the loan. An average agricultural labour family in the state has a debt of Rs 76,017 while the agricultural labourer suicide victim family...

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In the farm laws protests, are Punjab’s landless peasants getting left behind? -Prabhjit Singh

-CaravanMagazine.in On 21 February, over one lakh farmers and agricultural labourers gathered at a rally in Punjab’s Barnala district to pledge unity in the movement against the 2020 farm laws. The rally was organised by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan) and the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, two of the biggest unions that represent the interests of the landless peasants and work in tandem with each other. The BKU (EU) president,...

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Farming in Araria, cutting cane in Karnal -Parth MN

-RuralIndiaOnline.org Ramesh Sharma is among lakhs of farmers from Bihar who earn more by working as Farm Labourers in Haryana than by harvesting the maize they grow at home Ramesh Sharma can’t remember the last time he spent an entire year at home. “I have been doing this for the past 15-20 years,” he says, while cutting sugarcane in a field in Gagsina village in Haryana’s Karnal district. For half of the year...

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State of India’s environment: Why farmers kill themselves

-Down to Earth The back of the Indian farmour is against the wall amid rising costs of inputs, climate change-induced risks and faulty market mechanisms More than 28 farmers and Farm Labourers die by suicide in India every day, according to the 2021 State of India’s Environment (SoE) report — an annual brought out by Down To Earth in association with Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE). The SoE report highlighted...

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