They have also added multi-vitamin and zinc tablets as supplements hoping to enhance their immunity against the virus, but are resolved to not yield ground until their demands — a repeal of the three contentious farm laws and a replacement one guaranteeing MSP on crops — are met. But, they say, they’re hospitable COVID-19 vaccine jabs. many farmers, chiefly from Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, still encamp Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points of Delhi despite “a few” of them being removed after testing positive for COVID-19 and a few symptomatic protesters undergoing medication. “There are not many such cases of coronavirus here at Singhu border. The farmers are taking care of themselves by consuming ”kaadha” (a traditional Indian hot beverage mixed with herbs and spices to spice up immunity) and multi-vitamins. things at the border area are normal because it was earlier. there’s nothing to stress about,” said Sukhwinder Singh, a farmer.
Farmer leader Kulwant Singh, who hails from Punjab, said a vaccination centre is being operated at a hospital at the Singhu border. “One of our leaders tested positive for the Covid-19. He has recovered and is now doing well. those that are showing symptoms are becoming tested for the virus. The farmers at the border are taking a healthy diet. The vaccination process is underway at a hospital near the border. I got my first jab in Punjab. to urge subsequent dose, I will be able to return to the state,” Kulwant said. At Tikri and Ghazipur, the protestors said they need to demand a vaccination facility, but the govt has not yet skilled their appeal. They added they’re firmly resolved to remain put at Delhi’s borders and make arrangements to make sure COVID-appropriate behaviour among crowds. “We demanded the authorities to put in a vaccination centre at Tikri border so that we could get the vaccine but nothing went on thus far,” another farmer leader Buta Singh said, claiming things at Tikri “is normal”. At Ghazipur on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, less than three farmers stay in bigger camps now which wont to house more before the second wave of coronavirus began. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), which is leading the charge there, recently arranged around 500 cots to make sure social distancing among the farmers once they sleep. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait, who possesses the primary dose of vaccine, is additionally on the bottom at Ghazipur leading his supporters. All of them are consuming ”kaadha” three to fourfold each day and lemonade too, BKU media in-charge Dharmendra Malik said. “Thankfully, there has been no COVID positive case here till now. Some people had some health issues and that they have gotten medication. Protestors are drinking ”kaadha” and ”nimbu paani” to enhance immunity, several are taking multi-vitamins and zinc pills too,” he told PTI. He said, “If you come to Ghazipur, you’ll see how amazingly normal things here is” despite things in Delhi, Ghaziabad and Noida looking so grim due to the deadly second wave. Malik said the BKU is additionally helping the oxygen langars, which give oxygen cylinders to needy COVID patients, with whatever support the farmers union can extend. “We are handling things and hoping the govt would soon make some arrangement to urge all farmers vaccinated,” he said, but added, “that doesn’t mean we are departure without the Centre accepting our demands.” many farmers are camping at Delhi”s borders since November 2020 with their demands that the Farmers” Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers” (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 be rolled back and a replacement law made to ensure minimum support price for crops. However, the govt, which has held multiple rounds of formal dialogue with the protestors, has maintained that the laws are pro-farmer.