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FARMERS PROTEST
 

UPDATE:

 
  • Feb 15: On Valentine’s Day, about two dozen Indian diaspora organisations launched an initiative for extending support to protesting farmers by tweeting or sending a rose to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  • Feb 11: Punjab Kisan mahapanchayat held in Jagraon- The rally attracted an estimated gathering of 25,000 to 30,000 people.
  • Feb 04: Indian farmers' protests: Rihanna, Greta Thunberg lead growing support and draw furious backlash :
  • Jan 31: Haryana government extends suspension of mobile internet in 14 districts till February 1. The services will remain suspended in  Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Kaithal, Panipat, Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Sirsa, Fatehabad, Charkhi Dadri, Sonipat and Jhajjar till 5 pm on February 1. It means all social media platforms, such as WhatsApp, Facebook Twitter, etc on mobile phones and SMS, for facilitation and mobilization of mobs of agitators and demonstrators closed.
  • Jan 30: On Sunday Jan 30, Farmers began a one-day hunger strike in protest against new agricultural laws.
  • Jan 29, 2021:Haryana state blocks internet amid farmer protest clashes
  • Thousands of farmers from Jind, Sonepat Hisar, Bhiwani, Kaithal and Panipat districts rejoined the protest sites at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri borders 
  • Sisodia visits Ghazipur border to check arrangements made by Delhi govt for farmers
  • Deep Sidhu says Red Fort events now look like a police trap
  • Protesting farmers enter Red Fort, man climbs flagstaff to hoist flag
  • More than 100 Punjab farmers who went to Delhi to take part in the Republic Day rally are ‘missing’
 
  UK: NRI Dhesi had sent a letter, signed by over 100 MPs and Lords, to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the ongoing farmers’ protests, asking him to raise this matter with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
 

NRI Farmers and Politicians Message to Kisan Protests

Los Angeles, Jan 26, 2021
NRIpress.club/Ramesh/ A.Gary Singh

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Delhi Police have agreed to remove their barricades from Singhu and Tikri borders to allow the rally to enter Delhi::

On Jan 20, 2021: The parade will now take place in five routes and on a stretch of over 60 km, at least 30 of which will be inside Delhi.Police intelligence reports estimated 70,000 to 1 lakh tractors to be part of the farmers' rally.

 

BJP Govt. offered to suspend implementation of the three contentious farm laws for “one to one-and-a-half years” or a period “mutually decided by the two sides

On Jan 20, 2021, Narendra Singh Tomar, Agriculture Minister said,  the government is ready to suspend implementation of the three contentious farm laws for “one to one-and-a-half years. On the issue of MSP, the government offered a committee but farmers rejected it.

 
  • After Sixth round of talks on Dec 30 between Farmer and Govt: Tomar says consensus on 2 out of 4 issues. The next round of talks will be held on January 4.
  • At least 32 farmers had lost their lives in the last 35 days of the agitation.
 

RAJEWAL of KISAN Protestors/ Gurbax Malhi ex-MP Totonto/ Charanjit Batth-‘Raisin King’s Exclusive Zoom Meeting at NRIpress.com, USA

Los Angeles, Dec 21, 2020
NRIpress.club/Ramesh/ A.Gary Singh

RAJEWAL of KISAN Protestors Joined NRI Zoom Meeting

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  Dec 17, 2020: Supreme Court: While hearing the matter related to farmers protest, a bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde had on December 17 said that farmers' agitation should be allowed to continue “without impediment” and the apex court would not interfere with it as the right to protest is a fundamental right.This court will not interfere with the protest in question. 
 

Modi Kisan Protest deadlocked- NRIs Made a History in Video

Los Angeles Dec 14, 2020
NRIpress.club/Ramesh/ A.Gary Singh

  • Why Over 500, 000 farmers in India are protesting and why NRIs are concerned
  • 100% NRIs Agree with Kissans and would Like to Help Kisans
  • 95% NRIs Agree that Kisan Protest is Peaceful except  few outsider troublemakers interference
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Los Angeles NRI Speaks UP
Farmers of India Jindabad
The Whole country is with you………. Kamini

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Los Angeles, Dec 10, 2020
Kamini Khare

Prime minister of Luna land and silent voters are with farmers. Dear farmers, go fight for your legal right and now destiny of Indian people is in your hand. The Whole country is with you

Kisan Bills were not debated or discussed in the parliament and it was passed by noise vote.

Vow what kind of democracy our honorable Prime minister Modi is preaching to young generation of India......Read More

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Over 600 cars participate in rally to Universal Studios, Californiain support of farmers in India

Los Angeles, Dec 10, 2020
NRIpress.club/Ramesh/ A.Gary Singh

Today farmers of India are sitting on Highways and streets of India. They are protesting the unfair laws that have been passed by India’s central government of Prime Minister Modi. Tens of thousands of farmers are gathered around New Delhi capital of India hoping to get justice. Demonstrators are faced with police brutality and showered by pressurized cold water cannons. Deep trenches were dug on national highway to stop the peaceful protestors and deprive them of their democratic rights. People across the world have started protesting in support of these farmers. Many are on streets walking in protest and others are doing cars & truck rallies.

Watch Video

 
 

VIDEO-Studio.City....CLICK HERE

 
  Over 600 cars participate in rally to Universal Studios, Californiain support of farmers in India...........Read More.
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NRIs Protest at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco

NRIs hold protest rallies in North America and other Countries in Major cities against farm laws in India

Los Angeles, California, December 05, 2020
NRIpress.com/ Ramesh/ Gary Singh

Riverside NRI communities hold a Rally in support of the Farmers of the states of Punjab, Hariyana, UP and Rajasthan protesting in Delhi India against the newly enacted legislation Re: Small Farmers by the Government of India. The organizers are stressing that the Rally is to show the small Farmers in India that they are not alone

 

VIDEO-Part-1, Riverside.... CLICK HERE

 
 

VIDEO-Part-2, Riverside.... CLICK HERE

 
   
San Francisco
NRIs Protest at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco
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NRIs hold protest rallies in North America and other Countries in Major cities against farm laws in India
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Dec. 07:   Prime Minister Narendra Modi said reforms are needed for development and some laws from the past century have become a burden now.The Prime Minister did not mention and made no direct reference to the new laws or farmers’ protests.
Dec. 06: The Congress, DMK, TRS, and the AAP on Sunday joined other opposition parties in extending support to the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8
   
Dec. 03, 2020

Modi  Government offers around eight amendments to Reform Laws, but farmers want full repeal
Farmers are demanding guaranteed MSP on all the 23 crops
Farmers are insisted, MSP Must be implemented across the country.

Farmer Union would decide whether to attend the next meeting on December 5 after consultations on Friday.

Dec. 03, 2020

The Modi Govt. appeared to soften stance, agreeing to some amendments and also conceding to some points raised by farmers’ leaders. The seven and 1/2 hour meeting between the Centre and farmers on Thursday failed 
  • The minimum support price (MSP) system will continue and we will assure farmers about it. Farmers want a legal guarantee through a new law.
  • Gov agreed to make registering of dealers mandatory- not allowing anyone having a Permanent Account Number (PAN) to trade in crops out of the jurisdiction of APMCs
  • We will consider equal tax for private, government-regulated mandis
  • Stop with the SDM’s court, is intended to assuage concerns over corporate houses dictating terms.
  • The government will also consider amending penalty clause for stubble burning
  • We will change provisions of the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill which seeks to end direct subsidies. Under the proposed law, all consumers, including farmers, will have to pay the tariff, and the subsidy will be sent to them through direct benefit transfer

The Modi Govt is also open to have a discussion on strengthening -the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee- 'mandi' system, tax parity with proposed private mandis and freedom for farmers to approach higher courts for any dispute resolution.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday. "We will ask the government tomorrow (Friday) whether they will scrap the law and if they refuse, we may not attend the December 5 meeting," BKU president Joginder Singh Ugrahan said.

   
Dec 02 , 2020

Is Open Market Policy Possible for India’: What NRIs Say
More than 30 NRI Top Politicians & Entrepreneurs condemn water canons and defend the rights of a peaceful protests

Hundered of thousands of farmers Choked Delhi by protesting after talks with gov’t failure
Amit Shah said: Farmer protestors are Not political
Farmers Announced: No Political Party or Other Associations (RSS, Khalsatani, Tamil) Involved

Los Angeles, Dec 02 , 2020/
NRIpress.com/Ramesh/ Agary Singh

  •  ALL INDIA MOTOR TRANSPORT CONGRESS (AIMTC) represents around 9.3 million truckers and around five million bus and tourist operators across India, decided on stopping our operations strategically starting from North India and if the government does not address the issue of the farmers.
  • 300 farmers from different parts of Uttar Pradesh continued their sit-in at the Noida-Delhi border for the second day.
  • Bhim Army chief Chandrashekar Azad on Tuesday joined the protesting farmers at the Delhi-Ghazipur border along with hundreds of his supporters 
  • Punjab Youth Congress workers protested in front of Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar's residence, demanding an apology
  • Madhya Pradesh: Farmers from Gwalior leave for Delhi to join the protest against the farm laws.
  • Tikri, Jharoda Borders  and chilla border on Noida link road closed for any Traffic
  •  Punjab CM Amarinder Singh to meet home minister Amit Shah tomorrow in Delhi over new farm laws,
  • Farmers demand special Parliament session to repeal farm laws; threaten to block other Delhi roads
  • Kanhaiya Kumar joins Left parties stir against agri bills,
  • Lok Sangharsh Morcha'S Pratibha Shinde: We'll burn effigies in every district of Maharashtra tomorrow and in Gujarat on December 5 to protest against Centre
  • Farmer union leaders on Tuesday invited Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to their protest site and offered to serve him ''jalebi'' and ''pakoda'', along with tea at their langar
  • Talks have been scheduled for 3 December.

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Farmers Say:

  • The recent laws enacted at the Centre will dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system. If they are honest, why they don’t give us writing or pass as law as they did other Bills
  • Big corporate houses will  only replace small agents (middle man), nothing else. They will dictate terms and farmers will end up getting less for their crops.
  • Farmers fear that the mandi system will be vanished
   
Publics around the world overwhelmingly agree that the news media should be unbiased in their coverage of political issues,but are dvided on Whether Their News Media Deliver Deep political divides in many nations on satisfaction with news media.... Interestingly NRIs also divided according to their religion, cast, and states. Some are bhagat of Congress, some are of Modi and others are of AAP. WHEN COMMON ISSUE LIKE FARMER ARISE, STILL THEY ARE DIVIDED and never consider 'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan. To better understanding Farmer issue,
PLEASE WATCH BELOW THREE VIDEOs and get FINAL CONCLUSION:

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Watch Video.....NDTV

Explained: Why are farmers up in arms against new laws .......by Economic Times, India

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PM MODI:

  • On Dec. 30: PM again defends farm laws, says Opposition misleading farmers. Slamming Oppn, he says misinformation is being spread on what has not happened or is never going to happen
  • Varanasi:  Efforts on to double farmers' incomes, new options being offered to them to sell their crops.
  • In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ broadcast, Modi said- New farm laws have begun mitigating farmers' problems in short span of time: The central government has reached out to them, underscoring its willingness to hold talks with them. It has also asserted that concerns expressed by some farm bodies about the new laws are misplaced, asserting that existing support measures like the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and state-run ‘mandis’ will remain in place

Jai Jawan Jai Kisan- Lal Bahadur Shastri’s VIDEO BY MODI-----SEE VIDEO

 

'Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' - was a slogan of  Prime Minister of India Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1965 at a public gathering at Ramlila Maidan……'

Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan' VIDEO….CLICK HERE

Millions Son and daughters of Farmers are serving in Defense and Police:

Worldwide, Most of the Famer’s son and daughters are TRADITION SOLDIERs and specially In India (from Bihar, UP, Haryana and Punjab).

  • In these States, we see every week some soldier’s body received by these States from Pakistan and China borders.
  • For the past 2-3 decades, we see many thousands of farmers are suiciding every years.

 Farmers  from Punjab, Haryana Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab, are heading to Delhi. Three Road Borders to Delhi are Blocked:

  • Punjab BKU and others with 5,000 Vehicle including tractors, trucks, and Buses, with around 200,000 farmers
  • Haryana along with tractors, trucks, and Buses around 50,000 Farmers
  • UP Farmers- Adding everyday

Note: More and More State announcing and supporting the farmers.

NRI and Local politicians come out to support protesting farmers marching to Delhi. MPs in Canada, UK condemn use of force on farmers
Non-Indian Residents (NRIs) and foreign politicians have come out in support of Punjab farmers heading towards Delhi. Along with this, they have also condemned the use of force, teargas, water cannons, and restrictions, imposed by the Haryana and Delhi police.
NRIs in Canada, Italy, the US, the UK and France have expressed support for farmers and also staged protests against the three farm bills

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau expresses concern, says in touch with Indian authorities--"Canada will always be there to defend the rights of a peaceful protest". He also confirmed that Canada is in talks with Indian authorities over the farmers' issue. Moments after his comments, India hit back at Trudeau calling his comments "ill-informed" and "unwarranted".India hits back at Canadian PM over his remarks on farmers' protest, calls 'Ill-informed and unwarranted'........ - -........Watch Video

Gurbax S. Malhi was first elected to the House of Commons in 1993 Federal General Election. He was re-elected in: 1997, 2000, 2004 and 2006.... Farmers protested 2 months in Punjab peacefully, no body care. When proceed to Delhi peacefully, without any reason Haryna Govt use tear gas, water cannon amid freezing cold. This is not acceptable in democracy. Punjab leaders and their son/daughter are very professionals, don't under estimate. Center Govt. should not lingering or delay in meetings. All Farmers are very respectable and not attached with any political parties. Kangna is make a joke of 90 years old woman. Media is not covering what suppose to. This is better to sit and solve the problem....About Mr. Malhi

Andrea Horwath - Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party -

Standing with farmers in India, Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party Andrea Horwath said: “Everyone deserves to be able to exercise their democratic rights without fear of state-sanctioned violence.”

Harjit Sajjan - Canada Defence Minister tweeted :

“The reports of peaceful protesters being brutalized in India are very troubling. Many of my constituents have family there and are worried about the safety of their loved ones. Healthy democracies allow peaceful protest. I urge those involved to uphold this fundamental right.”..........Read More

Jagmeet Singh-NDP leader in Canada ---NDP leader in Canada Jagmeet Singh has tweeted: “The violence perpetrated by the Indian govt against farmers peacefully protesting is appalling. I stand in solidarity with the farmers from Punjab and across India - and, I call on the Indian govt to engage in peaceful dialogue rather than violence.”
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Around 50,000 Canadian dollar (Rs 25 lakhs) has been donated by Raja Dhaliwal of Canada’s “World Financial Group” and the executive team to help the farmers and they have donated for providing langar to the farmers. They have given the money to Ravi Singh of the Khalsa Aid.
Raja Dhaliwal, while releasing the video message through video conferencing, said it had been decided to do this work dedicated to the doctrine of Guru Nanak Sahib. He said he stood by the farmers
UK MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has posted: “It takes a special kind of people to feed those ordered to beat and suppress them. I stand with farmers of Punjab and other parts of India, including our family and friends, who are peacefully protesting against the encroaching privatization of #FarmersBill 2020.”.....Read More

Rachna Singh - NDP MLA and parliament secretary of British Columbia, Canada-

I’m really saddened by the way #PunjabFarmers are being treated . This is unacceptable.
, wrote: "The Treatment of Punjab farmers is deplorable. Farmers are the strength and backbone of the Punjab, and they des to be treated with respect. I stand in solidarity with the Punjab farmers”.

Sukh Dhaliwal, Canadian MP,

Canadian MP, Sukh Dhaliwal, said: “The right to peaceful protest is fundamental in any democracy, especially in the world’s largest. I am very disturbed by the treatment of Punjabi farmers in India- this blatant abuse by Indian authorities is unacceptable. I stand with the Punjab farmers”. ...........Read More

Preet Kaur Gill, MP from UK -

Preet Kaur Gill, MP from UK, also shared a clip along with a post stating, “This is no way to treat citizens who are peacefully protesting over the controversial farmers’ bill in India”. .........Read More

Jack Harris -Member of Parliament for St. John East

Member of Parliament for St. John's East- We are shocked to see the Indian government's suppression of farmers protesting new laws which will endanger their livelihood. Instead of using water cannons and tear gas, the Indian government needs to engage in open dialogue with farmers

CManinder Sidhu- Canadian MP-

Canadian MP Maninder Sidhu wrote: “Many of my constituents and I are deeply concerned about the safety of our family and friends in India. The right to peaceful protest is a constitutional right. Farmers in India should be able to voice their opinions and protest peacefully without fear for their safety”.

Tim Uppal, Canadian MP

Canadian MP Tim Uppal took to Twitter, said: “India's farmers deserve to be heard and respected. This is horrific”.......Read More

MP from Brampton, Ruby Sahota, said: "The determination and resilience of the farmers is admirable. In a free and just society one should be able to advocate for their cause without the threat of force being used against them. The brutality being faced by Indian farmers in these images is deplorable”.
Gurratan Singh, an anti-racial activist in Canada, has said: “The Indian govt's use of water cannons and tear gas on farmers protesting mass privatization of the agricultural sector and unjust reform of farming laws is appalling. They deserve respect for feeding the nation instead of being subjected to state brutality”

Harbhajan Singh Samra, known as OKRA KING.......In farmers movement in India, Supreme Court should interfere to resolve it by suspending the modi government because he deceived the people of india(farmers) Before elections BJP promised with voters to execute swaminathan report to ensure farmers minimum support price on the basis of cost,now the BJP govt totally rejected and made laws against it.
----Is jumla allowed in democracy?...... ----Is BJP all about Jumla? ......... . Now farmers should not accept anything less than................ .....Read More.

Balwinder Wraich- Owner of Transporation Company: It is just like that stranger forcing and providing "Scary Prank Scorpion Toy" to child but child don't want on any cost. The child has temperature and prefer to survive and like to stay alone. Simmilarly, it is happening with Farmers. Farmers are already in trouble and Mody our PM is forcing them to follow his 3-Ordinances but they don't want it. Today farmers and their children are lawyers, engineers and doctors. Farmers know they will end up getting less for their crops. .............Click Here

Charanjit Singh Batth, entrepreneur, one of the biggest producer of raisins in the world and founder member of of NRI Sabha USA told NRIpress that Farmers are backbone of ourcommunity, cities and country. Charanjit started his own farming with 50 acres of land and today he grow grapes on 18,000 acres 

Most of the countries look after the farmers to continue growth and balance of food supply to the public. This is the duty of Modi, sit on the table .............Read More

INDIA OPPOSITION PARTIES:

  • "Absolutely Wrong" To Stop Farmers From Peaceful Protests: Arvind Kejriwal
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  • Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister condemned the police action on farmers in Haryana and said the BJP has snatched their livelihood and is trying to curb their rights. She slammed the saffron party for "vitiating" the atmosphere of the country and said she is ready to join the farmers' protest in Delhi and said, “I Stand By Farmers' Struggle, BJP Trying To Bulldoze Their Rights.”

Congress:  Centre suppressing democratic rights of farmers to protest:

    • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said: The farmers are standing resolutely in the face of "cruelty" perpetrated by the Haryana Police which used water cannons and teargas to disperse farmers
    • Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said: it has taken away everything from farmers, including the Minimum Support Price (MSP), and is dousing them using water cannons, while it gives loan waiver, banks and airports to corporates
  • Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Chief Minister:  Centre must hold talks with farmers without further delay
    • Due to the anti-people policies of the NDA government, many sections of the society have come out in protest.
    • Instead of addressing their concerns, the central government is against its own people

Nov 27, 2020, around 3pm, Farmers "Delhi Chalo" March, “Protesting farmers  were allowed to enter the national capital to protest at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area,” Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava announced
Farmers from six states, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab, are heading to Delhi
Nov 27, 2020,  8am, IST,  Modi Govt. sealed Delhi's borders at Gurugram and Faridabad and also affected metro services.

    • BJP, has been using heavy force to try and block farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab making their way towards Delhi in tractors and on foot for their two-day "Delhi Chalo" protest march against new farm laws.
    • Thousands of Haryana & Punjab farmers already have moved closer to the national capital on Nov 26 evening and by Nov 27, a large number of protesters will be reached.

The Delhi Police said they will not allow the farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws to enter Delhi. They deployed thousands security personnel, barbed wire for fencing, sand-laden trucks and water cannons at Singhu Border to prevent the Farmers from entering the Delhi.
Our Sources said about 3 lakh protesters, including 25,000 women, were on their way to Delhi. The BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), Punjab’s largest kisan union, has about 1.75-2 lakh farmers for the protest march 7. Farmers from six states, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Kerala and Punjab, are heading to Delhi and intend to converge at Ram Lila Maidan in the heart of the city for a protest planned for months.

  • Farmers  At Sonipat:
  • At Midnight, Water Cannons Used Against Farmers at Haryana's Sonipat-
    • Water cannons started up at full spate at Haryana's Sonepat around 11 pm amid the cold wave as the police tried to disperse a small group of Punjab farmers who would not be dissuaded from their march to Delhi.
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  • Nov 26, 2020, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar engaged in a Twitter fight:
    • Amarinder Singh was in anger and slammed Mr Khattar for stopping farmers from moving towards the national capital, terming it as "totally undemocratic and unconstitutional"

Punjab and Haryana clash over farmers

Khattar wrote on Twitter:

I appeal to all the farming brothers to directly talk to the Centre for all their legitimate issues. The movement is not the way. The solution will come only through conversation. The central government is always ready for talks. I urged the farmers to discontinue their protests as this is not the way to achieve any solution

.Punjab CM Amarinder Singh earlier said he would not speak to Khattar until he seeks an apology for “inflicting brutality” on farmers .....READ MORE

 

 

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Nov. 25, 2020

NRIpress.club issued a travel advisory, urging NRIs to Avoid Travel Delhi & Surrounding  States from Nov 25-30
In Whole India, over 470 farmer unions that will participate in the indefinite protest in Delhi from November 26, Delhi Chalo' March-call.

The farmers from Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are determined to march into Delhi and lakhs of farmers are getting mobilised.

  • Around 2,00,000 farmers from Punjab are set to leave for Delhi as part of their 'Delhi Chalo' agitation from November 26.
The press conference was Held & Addressed by  Hannan Mollah, Darshan Pal and Yogendra Yadav all representing All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC),  Shiv Kumar Sharma (Kakkaji) and Daljeet Singh Dallewala of Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh, and  Balbir Singh Rajewal (BKU) in addition to members of Working Group of AIKSCC like Pratibha Shinde,Ashish Mital, Tajinder Singh Virk and others. Protests against the passage of farm Bills have erupted across West Bengal with both the Opposition parties and the ruling Trinamool Congress hitting the streets.

Delhi Police, under center Govt. rejects requests for farmers' march to city on November 26 and 27
  • They are seeking protection from exploitation at the hands of big corporations and others and not receiving remunerative prices.
  • The government should note that this agitation is all over India and not just Punjab, where the government is extending an invitation for talks with only the Punjab farmer unions.
  • The farmers are reminding the PM about his, his party’s and his government’s commitment about guaranteed remunerative prices to all farmers
"We will peacefully block the routes to Himachal and Jammu and Kashmir. Will start dharna on the roads," tweeted Rajewal.

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Three Ordinances:

The three laws—Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020—took effect from September 27 after President Ram Nath Kovind’s assent

1. The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance

  • Under this ordinance, the farmer can sell his finished crops to any merchant anywhere. There will be no compulsion to sell in APMC mandi of their own specific area. The government is putting this forward as part of “one nation, one market.”

2. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services

  • Under this ordinance, the farmer broadly signs a contract to sell the crops on the basis of the parameters set by his crop standards. It is believed that this may reduce the risk of the farmer.

3. Amendment in Essential Commodities Act 1955

  • The moneylenders and businessmen used to earlier buy crops at affordable rates and store them in large numbers, and engage in black marketing. The government enacted the Essential Commodities Act in 1955 to curb black marketing. But now, under the new amendment, agricultural products like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils and potatoes have been removed from it.
  • The condition, however, has been kept that the ordinance will not be applicable in the event of a national disaster or emergency.
  • Rakesh Tikait, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, told The Quint that his main concern was with regard to MSP system tampering.
  • Their demand, he said, is that 'the government should enact laws on the support price. This can stop excessive exploitation of farmers by middlemen and companies, and this step will increase the income of farmers. Crop purchases below the support price should be classified as a crime.

Government Say:

  • Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar say that it will only allow buying and selling of crops outside the area of the APMC mandi.
  • Tthis will forge an alternative marketing channel for farmers. Along with this, APMC mandis will also continue to work.
  • Farmers will have the option to sell their crops wherever they want, stated Tomar. This will also mean that APMC will also get competition to improve its efficiency

FARMERS:

  •  This new system, the process of procurement by government at MSP will end.
  •  There has been no mention, either directly or indirectly, in the ordinance that after this new system, MSP-based government procurement will be abolished.
  • Farmer leaders believe that the intention behind bringing in this ordinance is for the recommendations of Shanta Kumar’s High Level Committee be implemented.
    • The laws are “unconstitutional, anti-farmer” because, as per them, the farmers’ position would become “vulnerable” before corporate giants and the greed of multinational companies.
    • “These laws would dismantle the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) system intended to insure fair prices for farm products
    • These 3-laws were passed “hastily without having an adequate discussion”