Punjab: Dalit labourers accuse panchayat member’s husband of ill treating woman worker

Punjab: Dalit labourers accuse panchayat member’s husband of ill treating woman worker

POSTED ON JUNE 19, 2021

BATHINDA: Labourer organisation Mazdoor Mukti Morcha (MMM) has accused the panchayat members of Matti village in Mansa of illtreating a dalit woman labourer. The labourers claim that the matter pertained to fixing the rates of paddy transplantation. The labourers had started working in the fields over agreement for Rs 3,500 per acre but they are being paid only Rs 2,900 per acre after work. A meeting was arranged at the residence of village sarpanch on Wednesday where, MMM claimed, a panchayat member’s husband maltreated labourer Gurpreet Kaur. The labourers have demanded registration of case against panchayat member’ husband and sarpanch. The sarpanch has denied the allegations.

 

This year, there were not that many disputes over rates of transplanting paddy compared with previous year as migrant labourer in adequate numbers returned to Punjab and more area is being covered under direct seeded rice (DSR).

 

MMM state president Bhagwant Samao told TOI that at panchayat meeting on Wednesday at the residence of village sarpanch Sukhwinder Kaur, Gora Singh, husband of one of panchayat members, maltreated Gurpreet Kaur. “We want action against the guilty or we will hold protest,” he added.

 

Matti sarpanch Sukhwinder Kaur when contacted agreed that issue was raised over rate and a meeting was held at her residence. “But no one maltreated any labourer woman,” she added. She said after the local labourers did not agree to work for Rs 2,900 per acre, migrant labourers were engaged.

 

Courtesy : TNN

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