The farmers agitating against the three agricultural laws by holding sit-ins at several borders of Delhi now decide to distribute food packets and other essential items to the hospitals in Delhi.
The farmers’ unions, however, reiterated their demand for the repeal of the three farm laws, legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price, and vowed to continue their fight.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of several hundred farmer unions, said during a press statement that its constituents would add coordination to assist the patients in Delhi hospitals. The packing process to distribute food would commence at Singhu approach Tuesday. Already farmers on the Ghazipur border were distributing food at bus terminals, railways stations and hospitals of Delhi, claimed the SKM, adding that a gaggle on the Tikri border had announced to supply essential services and asked people to contact them just in case they were facing difficulty in getting food.
The joint statement was issued on behalf of varied farmer leaders, including BKU (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal, Krantikar Kisan Union president Darshan Pal, BKU general secretary Yudhvir Singh and Swaraj India national president Yogendra Yadav.
“The citizens of the country are themselves helping one another when the govt machinery has collapsed. In Delhi, when people are in unfitness of health, serving one another is an example of fraternity and unity. The vehicles of oxygen or other services need to cross the farmers’ protest site, and volunteers are helping those vehicles to succeed in the destination. The farmers movement honours human values,” said the statement.
The farmer leaders said they were conscious of the health concerns caused by the COVID-19 disease but the “government shouldn’t use it as a cover”. rather than fighting the pandemic, it had been trying to suppress the voice of protest within the country. Farmers were fighting for the secure and fair prices of their crops which was legitimate. The leaders charged that the government’s aim could also be to suppress the farmers’ agitation to stay the “corporate houses happy”, but the farmers wouldn’t withdraw this movement till the three laws are repealed and till they get legal recognition for the MSP.