New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) With rain posing an uncalled-for challenge for the protesting farmers at the city's Singhu border, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has arranged makeshift elevated beds in the tent provided by the organisation at the demonstration site.
The tent, located right beyond the main stage, is pitched on the lower end of the highway, making it susceptible to water logging.
Preempting the bad weather, the DSGMC last week replaced all the mattresses on the ground with wooden tables that were covered with cloth mats and then the mattresses were placed on them.
“This tent is on low land so when it rained the water collected inside the tent. Thankfully the beds were arranged before hand,” said Jaswinder Singh from Jalandhar, who has been camping at the Delhi-Haryana border since December 1.
When asked about the dipping temperatures, his cohabitant in the tent Gurmeet Singh said it wasn't 'cold enough yet”.
“We are from Punjab, we are used to colder climates. This isn't cold enough for us,” the farmer from Ludhiana said.
According to Manjinder Singh, president of the DSGMC, the organisation has provided 1200 such beds across the Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur protest sites for those gathered there to cope with the rain.
“We were wary of the weather. To ensure that the mattresses on the ground didn't end up getting wet, we arranged for these temporary beds that are elevated and would not be affected even if rain water collected underneath,” he said.
He added that the organisation will also provide buses equipped with beds at Tikri and Singhu borders in the next few days to help farmers continue their fight irrespective of the rain.
“We have decided to provide shelter in our buses that are otherwise signed up with schools and colleges. We have replaced the seats with beds, so that farmers can sleep in them. It will also help in the rain and cold.
“We have started with 30 buses which will be divided between Singhu and Tikri to begin with. Ghazipur, as of now, is in a better state than the other two sites,” he said.
The DSGMC has already made provisions for langar (community kitchens), medical assistance, blankets, tents, as well as ambulances at all three protest sites.
The farmers who have been agitating at Delhi's borders for over a month now have been demanding the repeal of the three new agriculture laws passed by the Centre. The farmers are apprehensive that the new legislations will do away with the Minimum Support Price system and leave them at the mercy of big corporations. PTI TRS RDM RDM