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Punjab farmers protest against new agri ordinances

Thousands of farmers belonging to far more than a dozen farmer organisations on Monday organised a massive tractor march in 21 districts of Punjab and gheraoed the properties and offices of MLAs and MPs belonging to the Shiromani Akali Dal(Unfortunate)-Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) merge, like that of Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, demanding the withdrawal of recently promulgated ordinances relating to agri-reforms.

The farmers explained these ordinances, promulgated under the garb of agri-reforms, have been basically anti-farmer legislations and pro-company. They also demanded that the govt decrease diesel selling prices, which have sky-rocketed in latest instances, and prevent assaults on the civil liberties of activists, intellectuals, poets, writers and cultural activists, the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), an umbrella organisation of around 200 farmer groups, explained in a statement.

Ridiculing Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s remark about ensuring bare minimum help cost for farmers, the farmer leaders explained the statement has no value unless there is a procurement technique in put. “Actually, all these ordinances are paving the way for handing around crop marketing and advertising to company properties and the govt has contemplated abolishing the bare minimum help cost,” they explained.

The farmer leaders warned that the coming several years will be disastrous for the peasantry as large non-public gamers will rig the sector and get farm generate cheaply. So significantly, agriculture and electric power have been aspect of the Concurrent Checklist, but the Centre has enacted legislation on these topics. With these ordinances, Punjab farmers who have land holdings of fewer than five acres will be pushed out of agriculture and large company properties with massive land holdings of 1000’s of acres will dominate agriculturec, they alleged.