Hundreds of farmers from various states have been protesting against the three farm laws for over 100 days on the Delhi borders. But on one hand, the Centre is not repealing the laws and on the other hand, the suicidal rate of the farmers is also increasing.
Estimated Data of the Farmers Who Committed Suicide
Rajbir Singh, a 48-year-old farmer, is the eighth person who has committed suicide in the demand of repealing the farm laws. A suicide note was found in his pocket which read, “To the Government, I am begging you to fulfill a dying person’s last wish, which is that the three laws be taken back”. Last month, two farmers from Haryana committed suicide at the Tikri border. Sant Ram Singh, the Sikh preacher who took part in the protest also ended his life near the Singhu Border.
Will The Farm Laws Make the MSP System Irrelevant?
In the farmers’ protest, the MSP assurance has emerged as the main sticking point. The protesting farmers had claimed that the new farm laws would make the MSP system irrelevant and they would not have any assured income from their farming. The farmers think that allowing outside-APMC trade of farm produces would lead to lesser buying by the government agencies in the approved mandis.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The farmers are the ones who are most vocal in their protest against the farm laws as after the implementation of the new farm laws, the MSP system may crumble and get dismantled. And as a result, they will not get their proper price of the crops.
- The fiscal deficit in the annual budget comes under pressure by the rising food bill under the existing MSP system. So, the Government is highly trying to implement the new farm laws which are leading to the rise in suicidal cases of the farmers.