Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have been protesting in opposition to three farm reform payments — The Farmers’ Produce Commerce And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Invoice, The Farmers (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement on Worth Assurance and Farm Providers Invoice, and The Important Commodities (Modification) Invoice — handed by the Parliament within the lately concluded Monsoon session. Final week, Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, an MP of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), one of many BJP’s oldest allies, resigned from the Narendra Modi Cupboard, in protest in opposition to the payments.
Whereas farmers are protesting in opposition to all three payments, their objections are largely in opposition to the provisions of the primary. And whereas there isn’t any uniform demand among the many protesters or a unified management, it emerges that their considerations are primarily about sections regarding “commerce space”, “dealer”, “dispute decision” and “market charge” within the first invoice.
As many as 31 farmers’ organisations, which have completely different ideologies and leanings, are to battle collectively in opposition to these Payments, and the primary agenda on their frequent programme is the ‘Punjab Bandh Name’, slated for Friday (September 25).