The ongoing protest by the farmers in Delhi is likely to see more footfall in the coming days with Panchayats in Punjab and Haryana appealing to every family to send at least one member to Delhi.
MORE FARMERS JOIN IN
Hundreds of Punjab and Haryana farmers are collecting ration, medicines and other essential items for protestors.
The farmers are also likely to move goods laden tractors to New Delhi from Wednesday.
Dozens of farmers in Punjab and Haryana started collecting medicines, ration, and other essential items after the panchayats made the appeal. The farmers in Punjab told India Today TV that tractors loaded with essential items will start moving towards New Delhi from Wednesday onwards.
“We have collected all the essential items and are about to move to New Delhi. We were told to collect medicines and ration and have informed the family members that we will not return home till the Agri laws are scrapped,” a Tarn Taran-based farmer Satnam Singh said.
Another farmer Jagtar Singh said the farmers were united against the anti-farmer policies of the union government.
“The union government can still roll back these laws otherwise it will have to pay a heavy price,” Jagtar Singh said.
PUNJAB SPORTS CELEBRITIES THREATEN TO RETURN MEDALS
Meanwhile, nearly a dozen decorated Punjab sports personalities have threatened to return their medals and Honours in case the new Agri laws were not scrapped within five days.
“The central government should immediately roll back the new agriculture laws in the interest of the farming community. If the demands are not met till December 5, we will return all the medals to the authorities and we’ll move to New Delhi to join the protest” Padma Shri awardee wrestler Kartar Singh said.
MIDDLEMEN GO ON STRIKE IN HARYANA
Meanwhile, the middlemen (also called as commission agents and Aadhtiyas) on Tuesday observed a day-long strike against the Union Government and demanded that new agriculture laws be scrapped immediately as the implementation of these laws will hit every person who is working in APMC, President, Ambala Adhti Association, Dhuni Chabd said.
The middlemen – whose role has been eliminated in The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion) and Facilitation Act,2020, help farmers get the continued liquidity support not only to practice agriculture but also to fulfill the day-to-day requirements of their families.
The poor farmers at times may have fallen prey to the private money lenders as the mainstream banks have strict lending norms.
However, the truth is that the middleman and private money lenders also played a big role in maintaining the liquidity of the farmers during the period between sowing and harvesting of the crops.
RAMDEV SLAMS UNION GOVERNMENT
Yoga Guru Swami Ramdev on Tuesday slammed the Union Government for not educating the farmers about the new agriculture reform laws.
Swami Ramdev said that had the union government educated the farmers before implementing the new legislation, the protests may not have happened.
“This is a big lapse on part of the Union Government. It should have educated the farmers about the benefits they will get from these laws,” Swami Ramdev told the media in Chandigarh.
Swami Ramdev also questioned the presence of some unscrupulous elements who were not farmers and were trying to hijack the protest.
“The farmers are being misguided by the vested interests of a few. The intention of the Union Government was clear and was farmer-friendly,” Swami Ramdev said.