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Why Thousands Of Farmers Are Protesting To The Streets

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More than thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana are striking off on the streets since 26th November near Delhi’s border. The farmers’ considerable agitation is persecuting deadlock against the central government demanding the abolition of two Farm Bills, which was passed recently in the Rajya Sabha. 

We all are witnessing the massive outrage of this strike through television media and floods of the post via social media where Pujanbi artists are coming forward so that their voices are also echoes through this biggest protest of this year. But what is the exact reason behind this considerable outrage and what the Modi Government has to say about this – 

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In September, a set of three laws were passes to denationalize India’s large agricultural sector, representing that this will liberate the farmers from the oppression of salesmen. But the outcome is totally the opposite of what the Modi Government thought of. Farmers fear that they could lose more than they could gain from these newly regulated bills, and the new farm bill could only be advantageous to the agricultural corporation. The three bills which have been passed- 

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020: In this Bill, it will set up a framework for contract farming. This means that before the production can happen, a farmer an ordained buyer can strike a deal. 

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020: This Bill allows intra-state and inter-state trade of farmers’ produce beyond the physical premises of Agricultural Produce Market Committee APMC markets. State governments are prohibited from levying any market fee, cess, or levy outside APMC areas. 

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020:  This Bill allows the central government to regulate the supply of certain food items only under extraordinary circumstances (such as war and famine). Stock limits may be imposed on agricultural produce only if there is a steep price rise. 

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But the farmers have some real concerns regarding the bills as they feel now they do not have enough bargaining endowment to get the prices they want for their livelihood while negotiating to sell their products to larger companies. The MSP or Minimum Support Price guarantee, the safety net, maybe grasped away, giving more and better naturally. 

As the new rules won’t give a guarantee on any minimum price of any product and farmers are concerned that the existing MSP will be abolished at some point. 

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But the Modi Government rejected the fear of farmers as misplaced and also blaming the opposition political parties for spreading false rumors under the new laws. PM Narendra Modi expressed that the new Farm bill will bring enough benefits to the farmers, and in the coming days, the farmers will witness this. 

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In short, the Farm Bills are encouraging the farmers to have deals with the larger corporate, but the farmers don’t trust the leading corporate ending up protesting on the streets. 

Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty


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