Ground Report | New Delhi: Farmers protest completed one year; Farmers have called for a Bharat Bandh today in protest against the three agricultural laws. The bandh has started from 6 am, which will continue till 4 pm. Its impact on business and industry can be visible.
Farmers protest completed one year
Last year on September 27, 2020, President Ram Nath Kovind had approved and implemented all three agricultural laws, which the farmers are calling the black law.
Traffic may remain disrupted for 10 hours during the lockdown and police in many states have been instructed to make security arrangements to avoid affecting normal life. SKM has said that this nationwide strike will continue from 6 am to 4 pm and during this time all government and private offices, as well as educational and other institutions, shops, industrial and commercial establishments will remain closed.
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The organization has said that all emergency establishments and essential services such as hospitals, medical stores, relief, and rescue operations and people engaged in emergency services have been exempted.
guidelines regarding this strike
SKM has issued detailed guidelines regarding this strike and appealed to maintain complete peace during the bandh as well as appealed to all citizens of the country to join the Bharat Bandh.
The effect of the shutdown is slowly starting to show. Delhi Traffic Police tweeted and informed that due to the protest, the traffic going from Uttar Pradesh to Ghazipur has been stopped. Police have also been deployed at many places. Farmers have blocked the Shambhu border (Punjab-Haryana border).
At the same time, pictures of farmers’ protests are also coming out from Kurukshetra. At the same time, the Delhi-Amritsar National Highway has been closed till 4 pm.
The United Kisan Morcha said that during this bandh, all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries will remain closed throughout the country, as well as public programs and all other programs will not be held. However, the bandh will not affect hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue operations, and any emergency.
Ambulances, doctors or emergency goers can pass by. We haven’t sealed anything, we just want to send a message. We appeal to the shopkeepers to keep their shops closed now and open only after 4 pm. No farmer is coming here from outside.
500 farmer organizations support Bharat Bandh
Apart from 500 farmer organizations and 15 trade unions that came out in support of Bharat Bandh, the governments of six states across the country are also in support of this bandh. This includes the governments of Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Punjab, Jharkhand, and Andhra Pradesh.
Along with this, political parties of the country like Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Telugu Desam Party, Janata Dal (Secular), Bahujan Samaj Party, NCP, DMK, JMM, RJD, and others have extended their support to the Bharat Bandh.
On the other hand, the Central Trade Unions will organize a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi at 11 am on Monday. Several bar associations and local units of the All India Lawyers Union have extended their support.