After fresh talks with the district administration, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait declared to end their protest and lifted the blockade on the NH44 in Pipli. The Deputy Commissioner of Kurukshetra, Shantanu Sharma, confirmed the updates and assured reasonable price for the sunflower crop by the government. In addition, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar has promised to set up a processing unit for 20,000 tonnes of sunflower at… read-more
Courtesy: The Press Trust of India
Hundreds of farmers started protesting against the Central Government and blocked the highway to Delhi. The protest was due to dissatisfaction over the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the relief given to them for sunflower crops. Farmers from Haryana, Punjab and other regions gathered together and raised slogans "MSP Dilao, Kisan Bachao". Notably, the protest came after Government released Rs 29.13 crore as interim 'bharpai (relief… read-more
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) has announced to stage a 75-hour sit-in protest against the centre in Lakhimpur Kheri case on August 18. SKM is an umbrella group comprising of 40 farm organisations. The protesting farmers are demanding for the proper implementation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. The farmers protests have witnessed a huge amount of violence since it began.
All India Backward and Minority Communities Employees Federation (BAMCEF) advocated for Bharat Bandh on May 25 to seek a caste-based census. The protest was organized to condemn the Centre's refusal to perform a caste-based census for the Other Backward Classes (OBC). The Federation also wants reservations in the private sector for the SC/ST/OBC populations. BAMCEF also proposed that farmers get a definite minimum support price (MSP).
BJP Member of Parliament (MP) Varun Gandhi announced to bring 'private member bill', seeking MSP for farmers. Considering farmers' concern over MSP, the Lok Sabha member said, "I've created and submitted to parliament what I believe to be an actionable piece of legislation. I welcome any critique of it". The new law includes provisions like 50% profit, guaranteed MSP for 22 commodities, and other benefits to farmers.
Courtesy: The Siasat Daily
The farmers, protesting against the Central Government, announced to suspend agitation, on December 9. Farmers' Union leader Gurnam Singh Charuni addressed the media and said, "we will hold a review meeting on January 15. If government does not fulfill its promises, we could resume our agitation." The farmers announced to vacate the protest site on December 11, after it received written confirmation to discuss the Minimum Support Price (MSP)… read-more
At the Delhi's Singhu border, leaders of 32 farmers' organisations held a meeting to discuss the issue of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) committee and cases registered against farmers during the agitation against Farm Laws. Over 50,000 cases were registered during the agitation, reported ANI. ''Our agitation will not end as the government has not accepted our demands yet,'' said Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader.
Congress Member of Parliament (MP) Deepender Singh Hooda, on November 30, demanded discussion over Minimum Support Price (MSP) and moved business notice in Rajya Sabha. The Congress MP also demanded discussion over legal financial aid to farmers who lost their lives during protests against Centre, demanding withdrawal of the "Three Farm Laws". Rajya Sabha is yet to respond to the notice moved by Deepender Singh Hooda.
Anil Ghanwat, member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm law, said that the Indian economy will face a crisis if a law is made for guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP) for crops. His remarks came amid demands by protesting farmers for legislation on MSP even if the centre planned to withdraw the three farm laws. "Both the centre and farmers should think of some other way to boost farm incomes", he added.
The Punjab office of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) has asked the director of civil supplies and consumer affairs to furnish the land records of farmers. By making direct online transfer of MSP to farmers' bank accounts, the Centre has been considering to remove middlemen. However, the Arhtiya Association of Punjab have challenged this move in court. Reportedly, the Centre pays around Rs 1,400-crore commission annually to arhtiyas/agents… read-more
Courtesy: Indian Express