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Admn accepts demands, farm unions end protest 

Mansa: The state government finally buckled under the pressure mounted by seven farmers’ unions and agreed to all the demands of the protesting farmers.Following the compromise, the farmers ended their stir and announced that the last rites of the deceased farmers would be conducted in their respective villages after the post-mortem examination.Bharatiya Kisan Union Ekta (Ugraha) state president Joginder Singh stated that on April 3, Surjit Singh of Khiva Kalan and Ajmer Singh of Kahangarh had lost their lives in a road accident on their way back from Chandigarh where they had gone to participate in an agitation.Two days back, the farmers had turned down the compensation of Rs 5 lakh. Then, Monday night’s meeting remained inconclusive.A meeting was convened on Tuesday by DC Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal in the presence of SSP Parambir Singh Parmar and other officials.Following a nod from the Mansa Deputy Commissioner, cheques of Rs 10 lakh each were given to the kin of the deceased.The families were also assured that cases for government jobs to a member of both the families would be sent to the government for approval and that the procedure for complete debt waiver of the affected families would also be initiated.Apart from bearing the cost of treatment of the injured farmers, the government will also give compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 each to the farmers who sustained minor injuries.Raising victory slogans, the farmers ended their five-day-long protest outside the District Administrative Complex. But they announced that in case, the government fails to fulfil the promises, the farmers would be back on the protest path.

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