Punjab Farmers Protest: The Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee has extended the ‘rail roko’ agitation to September 29. The Committee is sitting on railway tracks in Amritsar to protest against the Farm Bills.
Earlier, the Committee had announced that they’ll hold a ‘rail roko’ agitation from September 24 to 26 against the Bills.
The protest is being staged following the passing of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and Essential Commodities Act, in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, during the monsoon session of the Parliament.
The farmers in Punjab along with several Punjabi singers and prominent leaders including those of the Shiromani Akali Dal have been protesting against the farm bills. The farmers’ protest has been the heated topic in Punjab has the state is not ready to accept the bills.
Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal is also extending support to farmers as it staged a ‘Chakka Jam’ on Friday for three hours.
The SAD leader Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema had earlier informed that “In every districts of Punjab, a senior SAD leader along with Farmers and Khet Mazdoor will peacefully stage “Chakka Jam” for three hours.”
Likewise, from September 26 to 29, the SAD President Sukhbir Singh Badal will visit various districts of Punjab to launch the mass conduct programme telling workers about the loss of farmers due to these bills.
In the meanwhile, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, on Thursday, said that the “MSP (Minimum Support Price) will continue, we have declared MSP for Kharif and Rabi crops. As soon as the Kharif crop is harvested, govt procurement will begin.”