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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Farmers hold tractor ‘andolan’ against Centre’s 3 ordinances

Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 20

Unhappy with the three ordinances introduced by the Centre in agriculture sector and higher fuel prices, farmers on the call given by the Bhartiya Kisan Union and other farmers' unions on Monday held a tractor 'andolan' in Kurukshetra, Ambala and Karnal.

The farmers parked their tractors along roads and highways to mark their resentment and later submitted memorandums to the subdivisional magistrates to be further presented to the Prime Minster, seeking the withdrawal of ordinances and rollback of fuel prices.

BKU (Charuni) chief Gurnam Singh Charuni said: "The Centre has introduced three ordinances — Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, Farmers Agreement of Price assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, and Ordinance to amend the Essential Commodities Act — which are not acceptable to us at any cost. The ordinances will disturb the grain market system badly. The government has been taking anti-farmers decisions and this is harmful for the future of farmers as well as for food security. There will be no guarantee of the MSP and farmers will be forced to sell their produce at cheaper rates. These ordinances will help the corporates only."

"On one hand, the government claims to double the farmers' income by 2022 but on the other it has hiked the taxes on diesel, resulting in an increase in the cost of cultivation. The government must reduce the diesel prices at the earliest," he added.

"We have held a peaceful agitation on Monday. Another meeting has been called on July 30 to discuss the future course of action. If our demands are not met, we will be forced to intensify the agitation," Charauni added.

Meanwhile, in Karnal, scores of farmers and commission agents took out a tractor 'andolan' against the Centre's recent ordinances on the agriculture sector. The protesters led by Rajinder Arya, president, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan, and Rajnish Chaudhary, president, Karnal Commission Agents Association, handed over a memorandum to SDM Narender Pal Malik.

Arya and Chaudhary said all three ordinances were against the agriculture sector. "These ordinances are against the democracy and should be taken back," they added.

Other demands

  • The grain market system must remain intact
  • Payments must be given through commission agents
  • Privatisation of the Power Department must be stopped
  • 'Meri Fasal, Mera Byora' portal must be closed
  • The govt should purchase the entire crop of farmers on the MSP

from The Tribune

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