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Rail Roko Agitation- Punjab

The farmers in Punjab have been protesting against the three new farm bills since the past five days- and they plan to continue this atleast until 2nd October. Farmers under the banner of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee have been squatting on rail tracks since September 24. On Saturday, farmers squatted on the Amritsar-Delhi rail tracks without wearing shirts and kurtas.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to the three contentious bills—the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The farmers are protesting against these “anti-farmer” bills by sitting on the tracks which has caused suspension of railway service in Punjab since the past 5 days.
“New farm Bills would prevent farmers from getting the MSP for their agricultural produce. The basic structure of mandi board will be altered completely and procurement by the government agencies will not take place. Besides, private players will control the farm sector and procure produce by fixing their own rates” explained one of the protestors. Men, women and children were involved in these protests.
A state-level farmers’ conference will be held on October 10. From October 2 to October 31, the party will launch a “signature campaign against the Bills. Farmers are the backbone of our country, and the agriculture sector is one of the largest contributors to the country’s GDP.

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