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Farmer leaders : Over 2 lakh tractors will be part of Jan 26 ‘kisan parade’

Nirbhai Singh Dhudike  who is the Kirti Kisan Union president, who chaired a meeting of the Punjab farmers’ unions, said more than one tractor from the government was expected to arrive on Sunday.

More than two lakhs of tractors will be part of the ‘kisan parade’ rally which will be held on January 26 in the national capital and about 2,500 volunteers will be deployed to assist with traffic, farmers’ unions protested against the centre’s new agricultural rules on Saturday.

The number of volunteers could increase, depending on the crowd, and a control room had been set up to oversee arrangements, they said.

Nirbhai Singh Dhudike who is the Kirti Kisan Union president, who chaired a meeting of the Punjab farmers’ unions, said more than one tractor from the government was expected to arrive on Sunday.

The main focus of the meeting was a discussion on a tractor show to be taken on Republic Day, Singh said after a three-hour meeting in Singhu.

Since November 28 last year, farmers, mostly from the Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting against the law in many parts of the Delhi border, including Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, demanding that the laws be lifted.

The tractor show will only be released after 12pm, after the end of the Republican exhibition in the Delhi Rajpath, according to protesting farmers’ unions.

Farmer leaders : Over 2 lakh tractors will be part of Jan 26 'kisan parade'
Farmer leaders : Over 2 lakh tractors will be part of Jan 26 ‘kisan parade’

Commenting on preparations for the proposed tractor meeting, Singh said a large committee had been set up to oversee preparations for the exhibition.

Abhimanyu Kohar who is the farmer leader, after attending a meeting between unions and police officials on Saturday, said Delhi police had given permission to the farmers’ tract on January 26.

The tractor rally and the show will start on the outskirts of Ghazipur, Singhu and Tikri in Delhi, but final details of the routes are yet to be finalized, said Kohar, a senior member of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, a union of disruptive trade unions.

However, Anil Mittal, Delhi Police Supplement Public Relation Officer said, “We are in the final stages of negotiations with farmers.”

Dhudike said that it will be the highlight of the meeting.

They said that they will have about 2,500 volunteers who will be part of the tractor assembly on Republic Day. If possible, anyone who needs help or assistance during the meeting, these volunteers will help them.

Volunteers will also monitor emergencies, if any, said the farmer’s leader.

Each and every volunteer will be provided with badges, jackets as well as an identity cards. They will follow the tractors in jeeps. Some of them can even join the farmers with tractors if necessary. They will also help distribute basic necessities such as water and food if needed.

One farmer leader said a large committee set up to manage the arrangements for the tractor assembly, would work in the newly built control room and 20 members would be part of the executive committee.

Under the executive committee, there will be various sub-committees, including a road management team and a team of volunteers, he said.

He added that to date, it had been decided that 40 ambulances would be stationed along the route of the proposed tractor unit.

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