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http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/punjab-farmers-demand-special-trains-bihar-and-bring-labourers-paddy-plantation/21116

RAJPURA(Patiala): Facing an acute shortage of migrant labourers for paddy plantation, the peasants of Punjab Thursday demanded to run

special rains from Bihar to enable labourers reach Punjab.

The paddy season in Punjab has started today. However the paddy plantation is expected to be delayed due to shortage of farm hands. Thousands of labourers reach Punjab every year for paddy plantation to make fast buck. The decline in migrant labourers has been noticed in recent years particularly after center government started NREGA scheme for rural areas.

Farmers from Patiala and Sangrur districts, the main paddy growing areas, who gathered at Rajpura railway station to carry migrant labourers with them for the paddy transplantation said that labourers who want to come to Punjab were not getting space in trains. The trains were heavily booked due to summer vacations as many tourists have been coming to Vaishno Devi or Golden temple for pilgrimage, said farmers.

Paddy farmers queued up outside the Rajpura railway station with the aim of hiring migrant labourers. Some had even brought liquor to woo the workers.

Charanjit Singh and Baljit Singh of village Ghamada district Sangrur came here for migrant labourers said that since state government has fixed the time to start paddy transplantation from June 10 and labourers were not available to them as they cannot rotate by two three farmers. Earlier we have enough time for trans-plantation.

Balbir Singh of village Phuman-Wal District Sangrur said “We have been offering many facilities to them (migrant labourers) to accompany with them to their fields”. Union Government should come forwarded to start special trains fro the migrant labourers.

"We have no other options other than wheat and paddy as marketing facilty was not available for any other crop”, said Gurdeep Singh and Nahar Singh of Siduwal village of Patiala district.

Another reason of labour shortage is the launching of development projects by Bihar and UP governments and introducing NREGA -job guaranteed scheme by centre government.

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Looks like the 'sons of farmers' think farming is beneath them now.

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Our farmers moan too much these days. With increasingly international trade and profitable organic markets, they could rake it in.

Hell, I bought some grapes at Sainsburys the other day and they were from India.

Opportunity knocks...

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A visiting 'uncle ji' from Panjab was telling me about the shortage of Bihari labour problem 4/5 years ago.

Panjabis need to either do the Biharis work themselves or shut the hell up btw.

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veer ji if our punjabi putttars work in their own fields who will got to work in the gore's fields ? :D

Veer, don't you think we have the balance of how many of us work the gore's fields with how many of us are around back home to look after Panjab's fields, right now?

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whats the prob if biharis drop in , the guys are going out to earn dollars and euros and are paying in rupees, its helping the economy, i dont see a prob with biharis dropping in for work.

its not possible for those guys to work in bihar , conditions are not favorable, if u look at the poverty there trust me, u will have tears rolling down yor eyes. my wife has stayed there for 17 years of her life. the incidents i heard are really terrible.

the tribals there who work in homes are ready to eat anything, even if its rotten ! why hate biharis btw ?

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Doesn't look like any of you actually have any experience of or knowledge of what farming entails in Punjab. It's not the lack of family members of farmers beinh workshy which is contributing to the need for Bhaiyas. It's impossible for a few family members to manage the labour intensive tasks such as sowing rice, planting wheat and harvesting which have to done during a specific short timeframe. A few decades ago the field labour work was done by 'laagis' who would be paid mainly in kind. Since the 70s this has changed as the sons of the village laagis have got access to education and job reservation and naturally look down on field labour work. Hence the need for Bhaiyas during these times. The shortage of Bhaiya labour now is because of guaranteed work schemes running in Bihar which provides the Bhaiyas good wages.

What the Punjab government needs is to mechanise farming by providing combine harvesters, rice sowing machines etc

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Doesn't look like any of you actually have any experience of or knowledge of what farming entails in Punjab. It's not the lack of family members of farmers beinh workshy which is contributing to the need for Bhaiyas. It's impossible for a few family members to manage the labour intensive tasks such as sowing rice, planting wheat and harvesting which have to done during a specific short timeframe. A few decades ago the field labour work was done by 'laagis' who would be paid mainly in kind. Since the 70s this has changed as the sons of the village laagis have got access to education and job reservation and naturally look down on field labour work. Hence the need for Bhaiyas during these times. The shortage of Bhaiya labour now is because of guaranteed work schemes running in Bihar which provides the Bhaiyas good wages.

What the Punjab government needs is to mechanise farming by providing combine harvesters, rice sowing machines etc

I appreciate your knowledge of agricultural system of Punjab ,but there is one question .Punjab is state with only 50,000 sq km area and 25 million population

State govt jobs are like peanuts.There is hardly any news of industrial revolution in Punjab so the question with 500 persons per sqkm what the people of Punjab are doing?.Is Punjab now a state of old ,handicapped and idle people.Also not to forget that large part of Punjab is in pakistan and their is no Bihari or bangladeshi labour to work in their fields.

but hardly any news of agricultural failure or anything is coming from pakistani Punjab.How are they managaing their farms?

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I wouldn't say there is 'agricultural failure' in Panjab but the farms could definitely be run better. More modern, organic etc.

The rate for organic is apparently about 3 times the rate for non-organic.

The last I heard, they were leaving sacks of wheat to rot outside as the space was being used to store cases of alcohol. So we haven't got any sort of food shortage. Maybe some entrepreneurial skills are required? There are just so many markets in health food, flowers, organic now.

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Maybe some entrepreneurial skills are required? There are just so many markets in health food, flowers, organic now.

This skill set is there on the small scale, but unless the govt undertakes to improve the transport infrastructure to reduce the time it takes to bring produce to market it will never happen. These markets are either international or based in major cities like Bombay and Calcutta and Delhi.

All this palava about Raja Sansi airport opening/closing/expanding/airlines being over-taxed on landing charges; and having to share the GT road with the cow and the tractor and the ricksha-wala: this will always hamper the bottom line for sucess

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