At Delhi’s Singhu border, 4 farmers have been assigned the essential job of accepting voluntary donations and documenting the record of contributors every day. From donations of Rs 10 to a lakh rupees, financial help has been pouring in on the border, a highway between Delhi and Haryana, which has been on the centre of the protest towards the three farm legal guidelines.
For the final 20 days, Amreek Singh, Jasbinder Singh, Kamaljeet Singh and Kuldeep Singh sit behind a makeshift stage between 9am and 5pm with their registers, to notice down the names, contact numbers, and addresses of their donors, solely after which they settle for the fund. They additionally present an acknowledgement slip to the donors and typically, announce the identify of the donors from the stage.
According to their register entries, seen by HT, the donations vary between Rs 10 and Rs 1 lakh. Among the donors are farmers, staff, businessmen, lecturers, college students, activists, writers and homemakers.
Jasbinder Singh, a member of Jamhuri Kisan Sabha, a Punjab organisation, stated, “The movement is supported by people from different walks of life. People are contributing according to their economic status. The contributions range from Rs 10 to Rs 50 and from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakh.”
The farmers stated that they obtain a contribution of Rs 2 to Rs three lakh every day. “We collect the money, document the record and then submit the amount to our management committee by the end of the day. These funds are used on the daily expenses for the stage, including microphones, speakers, mats and tents. We have recently provided 25 large waterproof tents and hundreds of tarpaulin sheets to the protesting farmers from the same funds. Besides, we have decided to help the families of farmers who lost their lives during the protest with these donations,” stated Amreek Singh, a member of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kadian).
Amid allegations of farmers receiving “foreign funding” and “funds for their protests”, he stated that a part of individuals is propagating a “false narrative”.
“They are saying that farmers are receiving money from Canada and other foreign countries. Those who are sending money are also our brothers and sons. They are not terrorists. Besides, people should know we are not asking for even a penny from anyone. People from across the states and different walks of life are willingly contributing for the cause,” Amreek Singh stated.
On Sunday, round 300 individuals had contributed by 4pm. The majority of them, in keeping with the entries, have been from Delhi, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Punjab. Some of the donors have been additionally from the southern states of Telangana and Karnataka. Among them was Zeba, a social activist from Delhi. “None will be able to survive without farmers. We are here because of them. If farmers are fighting for a cause, we should help them,” she stated.
Amarjeet Kumar, of Bihar, who works as a farm labourer in Punjab’s Ludhiana district, additionally contributed Rs 100 on Sunday. “If farmers will not be there, who will give us work? I just want to be a part of this historic movement with my small contribution,” he stated.
Baljeet Singh, the pinnacle of the IT cell arrange by farmers below the banner of Kisan Ekta Morcha, stated, “We have not even put up posters and banners requesting people for donations. They are walking in to contribute. The contributions are regularly helping us manage the stage and other works here. We will soon be installing two 20×10 foot digital screens at the protest site so that farmers can see what is happening on the stage. The cost of maintenance of those screens will be Rs 15,000 per day.”