Farmers’ protests intensify across several states as farmers from Rajasthan joined the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest voicing their demands against the three farm laws enacted by the Centre. Security personnel remains deployed at Shahjahanpur near the Jaisinghpur-Khera border (Rajasthan-Haryana) since the sit-in protest continues.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal observed a day-long fast on Monday and appealed to the central government “to shun ego and scrap the legislation”. Meanwhile, farmer leaders in Delhi began their 9-hour hunger strike on Monday morning demanding the repeal of the contentious legislation.

 

The farmers also expressed that they are ready to hold talks with the government, but the govt will have to first discuss their demand to repeal the three new farm laws. The protesters, who began their march through Behror, Shahjahanpur, and Kotputli regions in Rajasthan on Sunday, squatted on the Delhi-Jaipur National Highway at Jaisinghpur Kheda area along Rajasthan-Haryana border (NH-48), over 70 km from Gurugram and 80 km from Delhi as they were not allowed to enter Haryana.

 

The farmers’ statement came a few hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government is committed to protecting the interest of the farming community through its policies and intentions.

While addressing the 93rd Annual Convention of FICCI, Modi applauds the new farm laws as a tool to bridge gaps between different sectors.

The government has taken various initiatives to improve the income of people engaged in the farm sector, and that farmers now have options to sell their crops in mandis as well as to outside parties.

Farmer unions, particularly in Punjab and Haryana, say that the new laws will lead to the dismantling of the MSP system under which government agencies buy their crop at an assured price.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, are currently staying put at Delhi’s borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in protest against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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