Farmer Protest: In view of the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest starting today, tight security measures have been taken at the borders of Delhi and the National Capital Region. To avoid any untoward incident and maintain law and order, Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has been imposed on the borders of Uttar Pradesh. Let us tell you that more than 200 farmers organizations have announced the Delhi march on 13 February 2024 i.e. today. There is a possibility of sitting on the Delhi border until their demands are met.
Negotiations between farmer organizations and the government failed
Let us inform that an important meeting between farmer leaders and Union Ministers ended without any solution late on Monday night, after which the farmers took forward their 'Delhi Chalo' protest today. Despite hours of talks, both sides failed to reach any agreement on key demands. (Farmer Protest) However, the government said that consensus has been reached on most of the issues and proposed a formula to resolve some others through the formation of a committee.
How different is this time's movement from the farmers' movement of 2020-21?
●Let us tell you that the two main leaders of the Farmers Movement 2020 were Rakesh Tikait and Gurnam Singh Charuni. But this time he is nowhere to be seen. (Farmer Protest) It is noteworthy that SKM (non-political) leaders Jagjit Singh Dallewal and Sarwan Singh Pandher are now at the forefront of this movement.
●In 2020, farmers protested against the new agricultural laws. In protest against this, many farmer organizations had demonstrated for a year on the borders of Delhi. Ultimately the government had to bow down. The farmer protests are being led by various unions as there have been changes in the leadership of farmer unions over the years.
Farmer Protest: Strong security arrangements
In view of the announcement of farmers coming to the capital, a large number of barricades have been installed on the borders of Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Containers, buses and cranes have also been placed on the main roads towards Delhi and cement barricades have been installed at some places. Such barricading was also seen in the Farmer Protest in 2020. Delhi Police has imposed Section 144 for a month. Police have said that protesters can use tractor trolleys which may cause inconvenience to other drivers. In view of this, plying of tractors has been banned in New Delhi.
Why are the farmers protesting?
Farmers are demanding a law guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP), which is one of the conditions they set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation against the repealed farm laws in 2021 . In 2020, a large number of farmers from Punjab and surrounding areas of Ambala gathered at the Shambhu border and broke police barricades to march towards Delhi. Let us tell you that the government suffered huge losses in this movement.
What is the demand of farmers?
●All farmer leaders are demanding to make a law on minimum support price.
●Farmers against whom cases were registered in the farmers' movement of 2020-21 should be withdrawn.
●Farmer leaders want that the central government should give justice to the victims of Lakhimpur Kheri violence and one member of the family should be given a job.
●Farmer leaders want strict action to be taken against the culprits in Lakhimpur Kheri violence and are demanding to send them behind the bars.
●The farmer leaders who marched to Delhi this time demand from the government to waive off the government and non-government loans of all the farmers.
●Farmers and farm laborers should be given pension.
●Farmers should be kept out of pollution laws.
● Allowance should be increased to reduce import duty on agricultural commodities, milk products, fruits and vegetables and meat.
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