Roti makers, medical stalls pop up at protest site as farmers dig in

Besides roti-making machines, several volunteers have set up temple, libraries, medical stalls, dental camps, mobile toilets, solar charging panels, and also distributed first aid kits, fire extinguishers, mattresses, blankets, and groceries

This roti-making machine has been set up at the farmers' protest site. Photo/Twitter (screengrab)

As thousands of farmers continue their protest against the Centre’s new farm laws, roti-making machines, washing machines, medicine stalls, among other things have been set up at Delhi’s borders to help them.

Several videos were shared on Twitter which show farmers using roti-making machines. According to reports, these machines can make nearly 2,000 rotis in an hour at Singhu and Tikri borders.

Besides roti-making machines, several volunteers have set up temple, libraries, medical stalls, dental camps, mobile toilets, solar charging panels, and also distributed first aid kits, fire extinguishers, mattresses, blankets, and groceries.

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Khalsa Aid India’s volunteers have been at the protest site helping the farmers. Images were shared on its Twitter account of volunteers supplying essential items to the farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

A farmer from Ludhiana has bought two washing machines and more than 500 clothes are washed in a day, according to The Indian Express.

“We have been here for more than a week now. It’s cold and we don’t have a lot of clothes. I saw many old men washing clothes on the footpath, so I went back home and bought two machines. We have placed them on the footpath so everyone can use it. A lot of people come here and give their clothes. The machines also have a good dryer so the farmers don’t have to wait for long for their clothes to dry,” said the 30-year-old Prince Sandhu. He and his friend Amanpreet (27) ensure that farmers’ clothes are washed dried at the protest site.

Khalsa Aid India has also set up foot and leg massaging machines for the farmers. The photos of the same were shared on Twitter by Khalsa Aid Asia Pacific’s Director Amarpreet Singh. It has also set up a shelter home with CCTV, and WiFi facility.

The farmers have been protesting for over two weeks now and they have rejected the Union government’s draft proposal assuring amendments to the new laws. They said they would continue to protest till the laws are repealed.

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