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Canada Vich Punjabi | No money to buy OX, MP farmer’s minor daughters pull Plough !! | Must Share

Canada Vich Punjabi |  No money to buy OX, MP farmer’s minor daughters pull Plough !!  | Must Share

Sisters Radha and Kunti are bound to a routine like a bullock to its yoke for the past three years.

The siblings dropped out of school to help their father till and level his small farm, pulling the yoke as he steered the plough. They are too poor to buy and support an ox.

And they live at a tribal village in Sehore, the home district of Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is facing a violent farmer strike demanding debt relief and better price for their produce.

मध्यप्रदेश का एक हैरान कर देने वाला मामला सामने आया है। वहां एक किसान की आर्थिक स्थिति इतनी खराब है कि वह अपनी बेटियों का इस्तेमाल करके खेत जोत रहा है। इस मामले पर प्रशासन की अब नजर पड़ी है। वहां के डीपीआरओ आशीष शर्मा ने कहा कि उन्होंने किसान से बात की है और कहा है कि वह ऐसा ना करें। आशीष ने बताया कि किसान को हरसंभव मदद देने की बात भी कही गई थी

मामले की और जानकारी फिलहाल नहीं आई है। यह किसान सिरोह में रहता है। किसान का नाम सरदार बरेला है। उसने बताया कि उसके पास इतने पैसे नहीं थे कि वह बैल खरीद सके। इसपर उसने मक्का की फसल के लिए बेटियों से खेत जुतवाया।

मध्यप्रदेश में पिछले दिनों किसान आंदोलन के वक्त काफी हंगामा हुआ था। प्रदर्शन के दौरान हुई हिंसा में कुछ किसानों की जान भी चली गई थी। किसानों का आरोप था कि जिन लोगों की जान गई उनको पुलिस प्रशासन ने सरकार के कहने पर पीटा था। इसके चलते राज्य के मुख्यमंत्री शिवराज चौहान की हर तरफ तीखा आलोचना हुई। इसके बाद शिवराज सिंह चौहान ने अनशन भी किया था। फिर उन्होंने यह कहकर अनशन तोड़ा कि जिन किसानों की मौत हुई उनके परिवार वालों ने उनसे अनशन खत्म करने की गुजारिश की है।

“Because of poverty I cannot buy bullocks and, so, my daughters are taking their place. They studied till Class 8 but opted out of school because of my financial problems,” said Sardar Barela of Basantpur Pangri village, about 63km from Bhopal.

Radha, the 14-year-old elder sister, wants to study but the family doesn’t have money for her school re-admission.

Kunti, aged 11, holds out her two hands for an explanation. The blister- and callus-encrusted palm is a reflection of the yoke of poverty she is bearing at such a tender age.

Barela’s brother said the farmer had approached the authorities for help.

“But nobody listens to us. What can we do, we are poor … so my nieces had to leave school and help the family in the farm,” Daya Ram said.

The authorities have, however, taken note of the family’s situation after still photos and videos of the two girls pulling a yoke were shared extensively on social media.

Local rural official Ramdwar Keer visited the farmer’s home and assured help. “The brother has bullocks but Barela has none. I checked.”

District collector Tarun Kumar Pithode has sent a team of officials to the village.

“We will do our best to help. Our team told the father he shouldn’t use the girls for such work.”

Images of the Barela girls surfaced at a time the state is battling an outburst of discontent, which poses a challenge for Chouhan, the BJP chief minister since 2005, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has promised to double farmers’ incomes over the next five years.

Back-to-back droughts, freak hailstorms and mounting crop loans have driven several farmers to suicide in the state. Desperate farmers launched a mass protest in Mandsaur, which turned violent and six people died in police firing on June 6.

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