Odisha News Hour

Bharat Bandh Today: Farmers and Laborers Declare Protests Across the Country; What Effects Will They Have?

<p>Public intellectuals and artists have thrown their support behind the cause; 34 well-known people have signed a statement endorsing the combined appeal for the Bharat Bandh and industrial strike. The statement calls on everyone to support the important action that the workers and farmers have taken, regardless of their background.</p>
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<p>According to India.com, the Bharat Bandh may cause transportation, agricultural, and rural employment programs to be disrupted, as well as the closure of a number of government and commercial offices, village stores, and other establishments. Emergency services, such as ambulance services, pharmacies, schools, and marriage ceremonies, won’t be impacted by the demonstration, however.</p>
<p>In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) outlined their main demands, which include no debt waivers, a legal guarantee of procurement, a Minimum Support Price for crops based on the Swaminathan formula, and no increases in electricity rates or the installation of smart meters.</p>
<p>Among other things, the farmers want a pension increase of Rs 10,000 per month, full crop insurance, and 300 free power units for cultivation. Three Union ministers—Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Arjun Munda, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai—are set to meet with protesting farmer leaders in Chandigarh in response to the ongoing demonstrations. After a lackluster conversation on February 8 and 12, we are now in the third round of deliberations, which begins with this meeting.</p>
<p>Punjabi farmers have set a camp at the borders of Haryana and Punjab at Shambhu and Khanauri. They plan to march towards Delhi to put pressure on the Central government to meet their demands. There have been allegations of police employing tear gas and pellet guns, adding to the already high level of tension between the government and the farmers. The situation has been heated.</p>