Rs 10 to Rs 1 lakh: people from different walks of life donate to the cause of farmers – delhi news
On the Singhu border of Delhi, four farmers have been assigned the critical job of accepting voluntary donations and documenting the list of contributors on a daily basis. From donations of 10 rupees to one lakh of rupees, monetary aid has been pouring into the border, a highway between Delhi and Haryana, which has been at the center of the protest against the three agricultural laws.
For the past 20 days, Amreek Singh, Jasbinder Singh, Kamaljeet Singh, and Kuldeep Singh sit behind a makeshift stage between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. with their records, writing down the names, contact numbers and addresses of their donors, only after which they accept the fund. They also provide an acknowledgment receipt to donors and sometimes announce the name of donors from the stage.
According to their log entries, seen by HT, donations range from Rs 10 to Rs 1 lakh. Donors include farmers, workers, businessmen, teachers, students, activists, writers, and housewives.
Jasbinder Singh, a member of Jamhuri Kisan Sabha, an organization in Punjab, said: “The movement is supported by people from different walks of life. People contribute according to their economic situation. Contributions range from Rs 10 to Rs 50 and from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. ”
The farmers said that they receive a contribution of Rs 2 to Rs 3 lakh a day. “We collect the money, document the record, and then send the amount to our management committee at the end of the day. These funds are used for the daily expenses of the stage, including microphones, speakers, mats and marquees. Recently, we provided 25 large waterproof tents and hundreds of tarpaulins to protesting farmers with the same funds. Furthermore, we have decided to help the families of the farmers who lost their lives during the protest with these donations, ”said Amreek Singh, a member of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kadian).
Amid accusations that farmers receive “foreign funding” and “funds for their protests,” he said that a portion of the people are spreading a “false narrative.”
“They say that farmers are getting money from Canada and other foreign countries. Those who send money are also our brothers and children. They are not terrorists. Also, people should know that we are not asking anyone for a penny. People from all states and from different walks of life are voluntarily contributing to the cause, ”said Amreek Singh.
By Sunday, around 300 people had contributed by 4pm. Most of them, according to the entries, were from Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab. Some of the donors were also from the southern states of Telangana and Karnataka. Among them was Zeba, a social activist from Delhi. “No one can survive without farmers. We are here for them. If farmers fight for a cause, we must help them, ”he said.
Amarjeet Kumar from Bihar, who works as a day laborer in the Ludhiana district of Punjab, also contributed 100 rupees on Sunday. “If the farmers won’t be there, who will give us a job? I just want to be part of this historic movement with my small contribution, ”he said.
Baljeet Singh, the head of the TI cell established by farmers under the banner of Kisan Ekta Morcha, said: “We have not even put up posters and banners soliciting donations from people. They are coming in to contribute. Contributions regularly help us manage the stage and other work here. We will soon install two 20×10 foot digital screens at the protest site so that farmers can see what is happening on stage. The cost of maintaining these displays will be Rs 15,000 per day. ”