Shiromani Akali Dal Provides Free Diesel To Farmers Heading To Delhi to Join The Protest
A video of the Shiromani Akali Dal party providing free diesel to farmers who were travelling from Punjab to Delhi has now surfaced online. The party wants more people to join the protest.
Farmer of India have now led a nationwide protest against the new government reforms which has completed 14 days on Wednesday, December 9. Thousands of people including political parties have extended their support to the protest which is being held at the Sindhu border. Amidst this, a video of the Shiromani Akali Dal party providing free diesel to farmers who were travelling from Punjab to Delhi has now surfaced online. Check it out in the video below:
The video is taken on the Delhi-Amritsar Highway, where workers of the Shiromani Akali Dal are giving free Diesel to those who are on the way to join the protest at the Sindhu border. The activists of the party claim that they want more and more people to come to Delhi to raise voice against the government in the ongoing Farmers movement so that it can be strengthened. This effort of the party is led with the help of ‘local youth’ and ‘NRI friends’.
For the unversed, hundreds of farmers are continuously joining the protest each day. The agitation has reached even the smaller villages of Punjab. Even local people have come forward. While some are arranging food for them, others are enabling them with toilet facilities. They have blocked the main routes which are connected to the capital.
It all began when the centre announced their decision of deregulating the sale of crops, that has now enabled private buyers to dominate the marketplace which was previously controlled by government subsidies. The protest began with claims that the new law has weakened small landholder’s place in the market. Along with it, it has also put them at risk of losing their businesses and land entirely to big corporations.
The Centre claims that the reforms are necessary in order to increase the efficiency of India’s farming sector which accounts for nearly half of India’s workforce but makes only 16% of GDP. The protest began back in the month of August in the state of Punjab and Haryana and has now marched towards Delhi.
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