Farmers Protesting Against Modi Govt March The Parliament
Thousands of farmers in Punjab, Haryana and several other states are on the roads, protesting against the three farm ordinances presented in the Lok Sabha.
Major farmers groups have vowed to resist the Modi government’s plan of bringing forth three liberalising ordinances in order to free up the country’s antiquated agriculture sector. The groups called for coordinated protests when the government tabled them in Lok Sabha on Tuesday (September 15) for passage as Acts. Though the new measures were hailed by economists, farmers groups fear that they will be lead to exploitation by big food-trading monopolies. The measures are aimed at freeing up farm trade from restrictions, guaranteeing a legal framework for pre-agreed prices, and at laying down a new architecture for contract farming.
Opposition parties, including the Congress, have lent support to these groups saying they plan to stall the ordinances in Parliament by attempting to send them to parliamentary select committees. An ordinance is a provision to enforce a law when the Parliament is not in session. Farmers are already protesting these ordinances in food bowl states, such as Haryana and Punjab. Influential farmers’ unions are preparing to square off with the government by demanding profitable sales in the form of minimum support prices (MSP), a legal right.
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