Protests outside Parliament will start on July 22, say farm unions

Protests outside Parliament will start on July 22, say farm unions

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Farmers protesting three agricultural laws say they might begin demonstrating outside Parliament on July 22, a part of a replacement push to force the govt to scrap a group of legislation enacted last year. Farm unions are holding long meetings to figure out logistics and finalize strategies to accentuate their agitation and coordinate the movement of farmers from various states. According to an idea announced by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of farm unions spearheading the protests since November last year against the three laws, nearly 200 farmers will protest outside Parliament a day during the monsoon session.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha also said farm organizations and like-minded groups would also hold countrywide protests against rising fuel prices on July 8.

Parliament is about to convene on July 19 for its upcoming monsoon session. Farm unions say they might soon dispatch a letter to all or any Opposition parties and lawmakers, urging them to boost the difficulty of the three farm laws during the whole session. Farmers on tractors are likely to file into the Capital on July 21 evening. Accommodation arrangements are beefed up in the least current protest sites.

Thousands of farmers pitched tents at five sites near Delhi’s borders — Singhu, Ghaziabad, Tikri, Dhansa, and Shahjahanpur (on the Rajasthan-Haryana border) — from where they need been carrying on their protests.

The farmers have constructed a permanent weather-proof shelter for farmers arriving at the Tikri site, said Dharmendra Singh, a member of the Bharatiya Kisan Union.

The farmers’ march towards Parliament is certain to be resisted by police, because demonstrations near Parliament aren’t allowed, setting the stage for a possible standoff.

“It is going to be a peaceful protest. Nearly 200 protesters will demonstrate a day outside Parliament. the govt isn’t curious about lecture farmers because the govt isn’t being traveled by any party but by companies,” BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said. Cultivators from various towns and villages in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh have joined those already protesting on many websites. an outsized convoy arrived from Pilibhit in Uttar Pradesh before moving to varied sites on Monday, Singh said.

“These farm laws are black laws. they need to be taken back. Farmers are going to be very peaceful while protesting. The violence that broke out during the Republic Day in Delhi was a conspiracy to defame farmers,” said Joginder Singh Urgrahan of the BKU Ekta Ugrahan group, which represents an outsized section of farmers in Punjab.

The farmers want three agricultural laws repealed, claiming that the legislation will leave them at the mercy of huge corporations and jeopardize their livelihoods.

The laws, broadly, seek to minimize regulations in the trade of farm produce, permit private traders to stockpile large quantities of commodities for future sales and set new national rules for contract farming.
The government has said the laws would bring competition and widen farmers’ access to markets. Allowing firms to stock large quantities of food commodities will incentivize them to take a position in supply and storage, the govt has argued.

Farmers say the laws will force them to sell to corporate giants with greater bargaining powers at poor prices rather than government-run markets, which supply assured prices for cereals.

Unregulated markets will ultimately cause a collapse of regulated markets that provide minimum support prices (MSPs), farmers say, although Prime Minister Narendra Modi has denied this may ever happen. MSPs are benchmark prices the govt offers for farm produce, aimed toward signaling a floor rate for personal traders.

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