Haryana police uses tear gas, water cannon as farmers march towards CM’s ‘kisan mahapanchayat’


Agitated farmers waving ‘black flags’ shouted slogans against the Centre and State government, terming the new farm laws as ‘anti-farmers’.

Haryana Police on Sunday used tear gas and water cannon to disperse agitating farmers at Kaimla village in Karnal district ahead of Chief Minister Manohar Lal’s scheduled event of addressing a farmers’ gathering (‘kisan mahapanchayat’).

Scores of agitating farmers waving ‘black flags’ against the Centre’s agriculture sector laws were stopped by the police who had erected barricades at all entry points to the village. The protesters were marching to reach the proposed site of the event.

The police personnel used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd after they attempted to forcefully break barricades.

Agitated farmers shouted slogans against the Centre and State government, terming the new farm laws as “anti-farmers’’. Bhartiya Kisan Union (Chaduni) had on January 6 announced that it would oppose the ‘kisan mahapanchayat’.

Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala said it was shameful that the government was stopping farmers. “When you are having a mahapanchayat, what is the point of stopping the farmers from coming there? Meaning is clear — you are not concerned with the farmers but only by the event. Remember, it will be impossible to leave your house without police. Withdraw black laws,” tweeted Mr. Surjewala.

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Not Backing Bharat Bandh, But Need Changes In Farm Laws: RSS-Linked Bharatiya Kisan Sangh


RSS-backed BKS said it won’t support Tuesday’s ”Bharat Bandh”.

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The RSS-backed Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) on Monday said it won’t support Tuesday’s ”Bharat Bandh” against the Centre’s new farm laws, but would like the legislations to go through some “improvements”.

Some organisations representing farmers have called for the nationwide shutdown to protest against the three recently enacted agriculture-related laws.

“We are not supporting the ”Bharat bandh” but we don’t endorse the three laws in toto (completely),” Mahesh Choudhari, BKS office bearer, told PTI.

“We want some improvements in the Acts. We wrote to the Centre in August and recommended facilitating procurement at minimum support price (MSP) following suggestions from villages. The Centre has already given an assurance that this would be looked into,” Mr Choudhari said.

He said the BKS strongly favours the “ek bazaar, ek desh” (one market, one country) provision in the Acts as well as several other measures which will benefit farmers immensely.

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Mr Choudhari sought to downplay the ongoing protests by farmers on outskirts of Delhi, saying “you know the people involved in them and slogans being raised there”.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at various border points of Delhi against the new farm laws.

Several rounds of talks between the Centre and farmers have failed to break the deadlock.



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PM Modi inaugurates three key projects in Gujarat including ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana’


New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday inaugurated three projects, including ‘Kisan Suryodaya Yojana‘ for the farmers in Gujarat, via video conferencing.

To provide day-time power supply for irrigation to farmers, the Gujarat Government under Chief Minister Vijay Rupani recently announced the Kisan Suryodaya Yojana. Under this scheme, farmers will be able to avail power supply from 5 AM to 9 PM. The state government has allocated a budget of Rs 3,500 crores for installing transmission infrastructure under this scheme by 2023.

The Prime Minister also inaugurated Paediatric Heart Hospital attached with the UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre and a Mobile Application for tele-cardiology at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.

The UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology is undergoing expansion at the cost of Rs 470 crores. The number of beds will increase from 450 to 1251 after the completion of the expansion project. The Institute will also become the biggest single super speciality cardiac teaching institute in the country and one of the biggest single super speciality cardiac hospitals in the world.

He also launched the Girnar ropeway in which initially, there will be 25-30 cabins, with a capacity of 8 people per cabin. A distance of 2.3 km will now be covered in just 7.5 minutes through the ropeway. In addition to this, the ropeway will also provide a scenic view of the lush green beauty surrounding the Girnar mountain.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and other Ministers, officials joined the inauguration event via video conferencing.





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Govt must send farm bills to the parliamentary standing committee: Bhartiya Kisan Sangh


NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-affiliated farmers’ union, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh (BKS), has demanded that the government send the three agricultural bills to the parliamentary standing committee.

“The three ordinances were promulgated on June 5, The government still has time till December. Why is there a hurry to get the bills passed?” BKS national general secretary Dinesh Kulkarni told ET.

On August 19, BKS general secretary Badri Narayan Choudhary had written a letter to the Prime Minister and agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, raising objections to the three bills. “BKS has always been in favour of ensuring better price for farmer’s produce and they should be free to sell their products as per their wish,” said the letter. “We have serious doubts whether the current bills will serve any purpose to the farmers and it appears more of a tool for the buyers rather than the farmers.”

BKS urged the government to make four changes to the bills. “First is to introduce a legal provision that no one should be paid less than the minimum support price,” said Kulkarni. “The second demand is all the traders should get themselves registered with both the central and state governments and put a security deposit. We have a number of examples where the traders buy and don’t make payment to the farmer.”

The third demand was to establish agriculture courts in each district so that all the matters may be dealt in these courts in the farmer’s district. BKS also had objections over contract farming. “Under these bills even corporates are qualified as farmers on account of contract farming. The definition should include only those individuals as farmers who are completely dependent on agriculture,” said Kulkarni.

Apart from writing the letter, BKS has arranged for 12,000 letters by farmers across the country to the PM and agriculture minister demanding changes in the current bills.

“We have also met around 350 Parliament members and requested them to raise this issue in the current session,” said Kulkarni.

The government is facing pressure from different groups regarding the provisions in three agriculture bills.





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