The ‘Bharat Bandh’ on March 26 will be observed from 6 am to 6 pm across the country. This day marks the four months of the farmers’ protest against the central government’s new agri-reform laws at various borders of Delhi, Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur. To mark this occasion, the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call has been given that seeks renewed support from the people.
Why The Farmers Are Against The Farm Laws?
On one hand, the government says that the farm laws are a way by which the farmers can increase their income. While on the other hand, the farmers say that the new laws will make them vulnerable to private traders. The government has said that through greater private investments, the new laws will help to strengthen basic farm sector infrastructure. But the farmers are worried over the MSP Assurance. They say that the new laws would make the MSP system irrelevant.
Effect of The ‘Bharat Bandh’
The Delhi-Ghaziabad border was closed for traffic on Friday as the agitating farmers blocked both the carriageways of the elevated highway. The train movement is affected in Ambala and Firozpur divisions. Railway tracks in Amritsar have been blocked by the protesters. The Samkyukta Kisan Morcha said in a statement, “All shops, malls, markets, and institutions will remain closed under complete Bharat Bandh. All minor and big roads and trains will be blocked”.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- India is an agricultural country where the farmers work hard to provide food to the entire nation. They have great importance in our society. If they are affected by any means, then the whole country will suffer due to hunger.
- A major part of the farmers’ dissatisfaction revolves around the issue of MSP. The three farm laws have little to do with MSP. The farmers are in fear that the corporate will start exploiting them in the absence of an MSP. The Government must bring some new ways so that the farmers get their proper rights and the protest of these four months peacefully ends soon.