According to the Sanyukta Kisan Andolan (United Farmers’ Protest), Tens of thousands of Indian farmers escalated their protests against 3 new agricultural laws aimed at overhauling food grain procurement and pricing rules by allowing private companies direct access to the vast agrarian sector.
The Angry Indian farmers staged their protest near New Delhi after rejecting Indian PM Narendra Modi’s assurances that the laws would double farmers’ income.
As per to details 6 rounds of talks between Indian government officials and farmer union leaders have failed to resolve the challenge faced by Modi’s government.
Kamal Preet Singh Pannu a leader of Sanyukta Kisan Andolan (United Farmers’ Protest), one of 30 groups against the laws said that “Hundreds of farmers will launch a tractor trolley march to New Delhi to voice our grievances against the new laws,”
Kamal Preet Singh Pannu said that “Government wants to discredit and crush our movement, but we will continue to protest peacefully,”
Local officials increased security measures, deploying police and putting up barricades to prevent farmers from entering New Delhi in large numbers. Opposition parties and some senior economists have lent support to the protests.
Kaushik Basu a former chief economic adviser to the federal government, wrote on Twitter that “I’ve now studied India’s new farm bills & realize they are flawed and will be detrimental to farmers,”
Kaushik Basu added that “Our agriculture regulation needs change, but the new laws will end up serving corporate interests more than farmers. Hats off to the sensibility & moral strength of India’s farmers,”
It must be noted that the Indian farmers are protesting the 3 laws that the government says are meant to overhaul procurement procedures and grant them more options to sell their produce.
Indian government Ministers led by Narendra Modi at an industry event in New Delhi urged to leading industrialists and businesses to explain the benefits of the new laws to farmers.
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