‘Bharat Bandh’ on March 26 as farmers unions urges people to make it successful. The Bharat Bandh on 26 March 2021 will begin at 6 am and end at 6 pm. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, will on Friday observe ‘Bharat Bandh’. As a result, all road and rail transport, markets, and other public places will be shut across the country.

Thousands of protesting farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and several other states demanding repeal of the farm laws and a legal guarantee that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will continue.

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On March 28, during ‘Holika Dahan’, copies of the farm laws will be burnt by the farmers, the union leaders said.

According to sources, farmers have been protesting at Delhi’s borders against the Centre’s three new farm laws for nearly four months now.

 

Meanwhile, Congress MP Digvijaya Singh tweeted in support of the protesting farmers. “We support the call for Bharat Bandh on 26th March against the three Anti-Farmers Bill,” Singh said.

 

Notably, the SKM has clarified that the states and union territories where Assembly Elections are going to take place will be exempt from Bharat Bandh on 26 March. Similarly, Andhra Pradesh ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) has supported to Bharat Bandh tomorrow. The party will protest against the Centre’s decision to privatize the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP).

What are Farm Bills?

The Indian agriculture acts of 2020, often referred to as the Farm Bills. The Lok Sabha approved the bills on 17 September 2020 and the Rajya Sabha on 20 September 2020.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 

    • expands the scope of trade areas of farmers’ produce from select areas to “any place of production, collection, aggregation”.
    • allows electronic trading and e-commerce of scheduled farmers’ produce.
    • prohibits state governments from levying any market fee, cess, or levy on farmers, traders, and electronic trading platforms for the trade of farmers’ produce conducted in an ‘outside trade area’.
    • It will result into closing of government from mandis and after that private players will exploit farmers.

Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020

    • provides a legal framework for farmers to enter into pre-arranged contracts with buyers including mention of pricing.
    • defines a dispute resolution mechanism.
    • In case of any dispute Farmer cannot file case against trader but it will be solved by SDMs only

Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020

    • removes foodstuff such as cereals, pulses, potato, onions, edible oilseeds, and oils, from the list of essential commodities, removing stockholding limits on agricultural items produced by Horticulture techniques except under “extraordinary circumstances”[9]
    • requires that imposition of any stock limit on agricultural produce only occur if there is a steep price rise.[7]
    • It will legalise storage of above mentioned items and results in increase of prices.

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