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Monday, 20 July 2020

Farmers’ protest against Centre’s policies today

Tribune News Service

Ambala, July 19

Extending support to the farmers' union for its tractor 'andolan' (protest) against the Centre's recent ordinance on the agriculture sector on July 20, commission agents have decided to keep their shops closed for three hours and reach the protests sites.

Ashok Gupta, state president, Haryana Grain Market Commission Agents Association, said, "The Centre has introduced three ordinances, including the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce Ordinance-2020 and the Ordinance to amend the Essential Commodities Act. These are not acceptable to us at any cost. The ordinance will disturb the grain market system badly. The present system in Haryana and Punjab is the best in the country and there was no need to break this chain. These ordinances will help the corporate sector only."

"The association has given its support to the farmers in their agitation. The commission agents will go to protest sites to show their support. We have been holding meetings across the state to discuss commission agents' issues. We are yet to get the commission for the wheat procurement season for this year. If we don't get our commission at the earliest, we will be forced to launch an agitation," he said.

Duni Chand, patron of the association, said, "The government has been taking anti-farmer and anti-commission agent decisions and it has been repeatedly testing the bond between farmers and commission agents. We will not let the government end the grain market system. The commission agents will keep shops closed from 10 am to 1 pm to show their support on July 20."

Gurnam Singh Charuni, president, Bhartiya Kisan Union Charuni, said, "Policies don't become favourable by just keeping good titles. There is no protection for farmers. Commission agents and labourers have also extended support to our agitation. Farmers will install black flags and park their tractors along the roads in all blocks and near SDM offices across the state from 10 am to 1 pm, take out a protest march and hand over memorandums for the PM."

from The Tribune

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