The Bihar government under the leadership of Nitish Kumar has decided to compensate farmers who lost their crops due to rainfall and waterlogging. The Bihar cabinet approved Rs 550 crore for farmers who lost their standing crop and Rs 100 crores for those who couldn't even sow this Kharif season. Reportedly, the concerned district officials will decide the subsidy after the assessment of the damage.
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The newly crowned Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has met Prime Minister Modi on October 1 and urged him to withdraw all three controversial farm laws. Reportedly, CM Channi has also requested the PM to withdraw Centre's decision to postpone the paddy procurement in the agricultural dominant state. CM Channi also appealed to the PM "to end the deadlock with farmers".
The Telangana High Court ordered the state government in its verdict, on September 28, to compensate the farmers for their crop-loss due to heavy rains and floods in October 2020. Reportedly, a PIL was filed by S Ashalatha of the Rythu Swarajya Vedika (RSV), Vissa Kirankumar, Kenneganti Ravi in November 2020. However, RSV welcomed the judgment and said the government should also provide compensation for this year's loss.
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The protesting farmers have refused to attend a meeting to be convened on September 19 by the Haryana government to discuss the opening of border passage to Delhi. Since November 2020, farmers near the Singhu and Tikri border have been blocking the highway (NH-44) in protest of the new agricultural laws enacted by the center. Besides, farmers blamed Delhi police for obstructing access to the city's highways through barricading.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) protesting against three farms laws has issued guidelines for Bharat Bandh to be held on September 27, starting from 6 AM to 4 PM. Farmer union promised to keep a peaceful protest. During protest offices, markets, schools, colleges are not allowed to function, but emergency services will be allowed to avoid inconvenience to public. SKM will hold a preparatory meeting on September 20.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sept 15 said, "former Union Minister Harsimrat Badal has no moral right to speak about the crises triggered by the farm laws", which the ruling party could have easily averted. He also slammed the Akali leader on politically motivated remarks, which he believed covered BJP's failure. He claimed that Akali's remarks were made to divert farmers' attention from center to state amid the upcoming Punjab… read-more
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Manoj Sharma, a 37-year-old farmer has died due to cardiac arrest near KFC mall at Singhu border on September 15. He belonged to Sonepat's Khanpur Kalan village, Haryana. The 37-year-old had been proactive during the November 2020 protest of farmers encircling Delhi outskirts. He also attended the Samyukt Kisan Morcha's maha-panchayat at Muzaffarnagar in UP. However, the police have filed a case under Section 174 of CrPc.
Chandrasekhar Bhadsavle, a food-Scientist from Maharashtra introduced Saguna Rice Technique (SRT) to farmers in Neral, Karjat in 2013. He later expanded it to all 16 climatic zones of Maharashtra. Graduated from California University, who returned to India in 1976 & elaborates SRT as, "we save 50% water, 40% cost of production by saving labor costs". It doesn't require tilling, which makes farmers believe SRT to be 'hawaman anukul sheti… read-more
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The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on September 10 advised political parties of Punjab not to conduct election rallies as it impacts the campaigns by cultivators. However, the three parties including Congress, Shiromani Akali Dal, and Aam Aadmi Party disagreed with the decision. “They will face the music if they refuse to accept our appeal and it will be considered as anti-farmer," BS Rajewal president of Bhartiya Kisan Union said.
Union Minister Sanjeev Balyan stated that farmers' protests against Central Agriculture Laws have turned political. He said, "farmers will protest against BJP in UP & Punjab. But they will not protest in Haryana since there are no elections set to take place there." Since November 2020, farmers are protesting in the Delhi periphery, with demand to repeal the agri-laws.