The Bharatiya Kisan Union and other farmers’ groups protested against the ‘anti-farmer’ agriculture ordinances of the Centre in Ludhiana, Punjab. On Monday farmers had blocked 3 roads, including the Amritsar-Delhi national highway as part of the agitations.
The farmers are demanding a rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020. Farmers have said that farm ordinances would “destroy” the farming community as they would be left at the mercy of big corporates and therefore they should be withdrawn. Opposition parties argue that the new laws will undermine the safety net provided by the Minimum Support Price (MSP).
The Congress government in Punjab said that these ordinances are against the interest of landless farmers and the constitution. On August 28, the state Assembly had passed a resolution, rejecting these ordinances. Farmers’ Union has vowed that it will keep protesting until their demands are met.