Farmers Protest Going on in our Country – India

farmers protest

There are lot of protest is going in the country. Farmers are in a very bad state. They are loosing everything they have. Farmers do suicide because of their conditions they are going through. Farmers are not able to handle their difficulties.

In Punjab, small-scale protests had started in August 2020 when the Farm Bills were made public. It was only after the passage of the acts that more farmers and farm unions across India joined the protests against the reforms.

Railway services have remained suspended in Punjab for more than two months due to the protests. In certain parts of India, bullock-cart rallies in support of farmer’s protest have also been organized by marginal farmers.

We are here to remind the government again that the anti-farmer laws need to be rolled back to protect Indian agriculture and millions of poor farmers from a complete takeover by large corporations,
Farmer unions and their representatives have demanded that the laws be repealed and have stated that they will not accept a compromise.

farmers protest
farmers Protest

While a section of farmer unions have been protesting, the Indian Government claims some unions have come out in support of the farm laws.

The farmer unions believe that the laws will open the sale and marketing of agricultural products outside the notified  mandis for farmers. Further, the laws will allow inter-state trade and encourage hike of  The new laws prevent the state governments from collecting a market fee, cess, or levy for trade outside the APMC markets;

this has led the farmers to believe the laws will “gradually lead to the deterioration and ultimately end the mandi system” thus “leaving farmers at the mercy of corporates”.

Further, the farmers believe that the laws will end their existing relationship with agricultural small-scale businessmen (commission agents who act as middlemen by providing financial loans, ensuring timely procurement, and promising adequate prices for their crop).Additionally, protesting farmers believe dismantling the APMC mandis will encourage abolishing the purchase of their crops.They are therefore demanding the minimum support prices to be guaranteed by the government in writing.

The government census have identified that the farmers in India have small land holdings, this is one of the reasons they are not able to meet their needs. Two-thirds of the land holdings in the country are less than one hectare.Other related issues include farmer suicides and the state of the economy in India. people who work in the farming sector committed suicide.The slower growth of  particularly its agricultural sector, is believed to have helped fuel the protest.

We need a second green revolution, making use of modern advances

For that we need to revitalize India’s research agricultural system, India’s extension system, India’s credit system. The more we commercialize our agriculture, the more our farmers need access to commercial inputs and that was a modernization of our agriculture credit system. There are other rigidities because of the whole marketing regimes set up in the 1930s which prevent our farmers from selling their produce where they get the highest rate of return. It is our intention to remove all those handicaps which come in the way of India realizing its vast potential as one large common market.

Transport bodies such as the All India Motor Transport Congress (AIMTC), representing about 9.5 million truckers and 5 million bus and taxi drivers, have threatened to halt the movement of supplies in the northern states, and if the government fails to address the farmer’s issues, it would be done nationwide. After a meeting with government officials and 30 union representatives, “the farmers have rejected the government’s proposals,”
farmers started a Rail roko protest ( stop the train)campaign, following which train services from Punjab were affected. Farmers extended the campaign .some farmer unions decided to call off the campaign, as supplies of fertilizer and other goods in the state were starting to run short.

After failing to get the support of their respective state governments, the farmers decided to pressure the Central Government by marching to Delhi.  protesters from the Dilli Chalo (“let us go to Delhi”) campaign were met by police at the borders of the city.The police employed the use of tear gas and water cannons, dug up roads, and used layers of barricades and sand barriers to stop the protesters,leading to at least three farmer casualties.Amidst the clashes, on media highlighted the actions of a youth who jumped onto a police water cannon targeting protesting farmers and turned it off. He was later charged with attempted murder

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