Farmers protest is still in action. After so many days and months, farmer unions protesting against the government three newly enacted farm laws have announced for a Bharat Bandh today on 26th March 2021.
The farmer’s protest at Delhi’s borders – Ghazipur, Singhu, and Tikri – completes four months. Samyukta Kisan Morcha called a nationwide strike against the three contentious farm laws. The strike will in the act from 6 am to 6 pm. All the roads and trains will be blocked and all the services are expected to remain closed. However, services like ambulance and other essential/emergency services will operate.
Reasons behind Farmer’s Protest and Bharat Bandh
The history of the peasant movement is quite old in India and many protests have witnessed during a century in states like Haryana, Punjab, Bengal, South and Western India. This time too, quite similar has happened; farmers are on the road for the last 4 months. They believe that what they wanted is not there in the new law.
However, let’s have a quick look at the reasons causing controversy between the central party and farmers led by Mahendra Singh Tikait.
Three New Laws Causing Controversy
Law 1 – As per The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation), 2020 law, farmers are free to sell their produce outside the mandis without paying taxes to other states. Also, the Agriculture Produce Market Committee notifies it.
2nd Law – The second law announced by the central government is the farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Service Act, 2020. In this law, farmers can choose for contract farming and can market their products directly.
3rd Law – This law says that apart from production, storage, sale of grains, pulses, edible oil, onions have been deregulated except in exceptional circumstances as per the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
As per the industry experts, the growing challenge in the Indian agriculture sector is more than demand. Farmers require entering new markets for their produce. Keeping these in mind, the government plans to implement the above three laws which reduce the influence of mandis.