At least five village panchayats in the Malwa region of Punjab have passed a resolution as per which each household should send at least one male member for a week to the protests. Additionally, families that refuse to follow the resolution will be made to pay a fine, which according to the panchayats, is a way of motivating households to participate.
Since November 26, 2020, farmers have been protesting at the borders of Delhi against the three contentious laws that were passed by the Centre.
This latest call for support in the protests comes at a time when the protesters are coming under criticism over isolated incidents of violence in the nation’s capital during the tractor rally on Republic Day.
According to Avtar Singh, the village head of Karawala village, Bathinda district, the entire village had given the call for support in a voice vote. He added that the villagers decided that a household will pay Rs 2,100 as a fine if none of its members go to the protests. He has also urged the residents to not indulge in any kind of nuisance and not create trouble by drinking. Anyone found indulging in such activities will be fined Rs 5,100.
Similarly, the village headman of Sivan village, Kotkapura block of Faridkot district, Karnail Singh said that the villagers unanimously decided to send a member from every household in the protest and had also set a fine of Rs 500, that will be used during the protests.
The panchayat of Thikriwal village in Barnala district, gram panchayat of Barey village in Budhlada block of Mansa, and panchayat of Natheha village in Bathinda district too passed such resolutions.