Exactly one month ago (July 24) an indefinite dharna was thrown outside the liquor manufacturing unit – Malbros International Private Limited – in Mansurwal village in Zira constituency of Ferozepur district in Punjab. The factory has been closed since then, as protesters did not allow any employees to enter the unit.
The protest is held outside the door of the liquor unit. The demonstrators demand the complete closure of this unit. They say that the groundwater in several villages has been affected because of this alcohol factory.
August 20, a full Zira bandh call was also given under the auspices of Sanjha Morcha to support the agitation. The bandh had received a huge response from everyone.
Former SAD MP Deep Malhotra is Chairman and Managing Director of Malbros International Private Limited.
“On Wednesday we completed a month-long protest against this issue, but it is sad that so far no government official has come forward for talks. There has been no mention of this issue either by the Minister Environment Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer nor by Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann,” said Sanjha Morcha organizer Roman Brar.
The Public Action Committee (PAC), farmers’ unions and several NGOs support this dharna.
BKU Dakaunda, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, BKU Krantikari, BKU Haryana and many farmers union leaders took part in the dharna.
On Wednesday, BKU Dakaunda State leadership and Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee visited the protest site.
Roman Brar said: “During the second week of July a well was dug at Miayanwala Kalan gurdwara located about 4 km from Mansurwal. At 200 meters we found polluted water that smelled of lahan (raw liquor). Its color was dark brown. We raised the issue with the relevant authority, but as the administration remained impassive, we launched an unlimited dharna in front of the factory on July 24 and it continues to this day. Villagers in the ward participate in the dharna because they are concerned about deteriorating groundwater quality. Our dharna will continue until the unit is permanently closed. From now on it is temporarily closed because we don’t allow anyone to enter the factory.
Manjit Singh Dhaner, Senior Vice President of BKU Dakaunda, said, “We learned that sewage is pumped directly from the ground. But we cannot afford to contaminate groundwater. It’s for the first time
that people from all walks of life have come together for the sake of the environment.
Jasbir Singh Piddi, Deputy Chairman of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, said: “The AAP government claims to be sensitive to the environment and pro-public issues, but so far they have made no effort to listen to us. and punish those who exploit the environment. .”
BKU Kadian and others launch pakka dharna outside Verka milk factory
Members of BKU Kadian and other dairy farmers in Punjab threw a pakka dharna outside the Verka milk factory in Ludhiana on Wednesday.
Harmeet Singh Kadian, chairman of BKU Kadian, said lumpy skin disease has taken hold of the state, but the government is not talking about any compensation for farmers who lose their livestock every day.
“Punjab had promised to pay Rs 55 per kg of fat fillers to dairy farmers who supply milk fat to the milk-fed. However, the milk feed paid us Rs 20 per kg of fat and now the government is not paying the balance of Rs 35 per kg of fat. Since Verka milk factories are operated by Milkfed, we started the indefinite dharna outside this factory after giving advance warning to the government. Milk production has dropped by 15% in the state because of this and our protest will be lifted once our demands are met,” said Harmeet Singh, adding that the government is also not covering the expenses of earthmoving machinery which are used to dig pits to bury animals. carcasses.