Farmers in Kurukshetra, Haryana took out a protest rally against the three ordinances in the agricultural sector. Bhartiya Kisan Union state Chief Gurnam Singh said that these ordinances would create a system where Mandis will collapse, and MSP scheme will be repealed.
The protests began on Thursday after farmers blocked the National Highway 44 near Kurukshetra. Haryana police charged the farmers for not following the COVID-19 prohibitory orders and for damaging property.
During the lockdown period, the central government passed three ordinances that will impact the agricultural sector majorly. These three ordinances are – 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.
The first ordinance that seeks to provide for a barrier-free trade is the biggest concern for the farmers. They fear that this ordinance will end the Mandi system, and they might be forced to sell their products below the minimum support price (MSP).
Former Haryana Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda opposed the ordinance calling it against the interests of farmers. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has also been vocal against these ordinances.However, BJP Haryana unit chief and sitting MPs met the farmers. They claim that opposition is misleading them over the ordinances.
While addressing a virtual press conference Congress leader Jairam Ramesh announced that Congress would support the farmers demand as the ordinances will adversely affect the farmers as well as the food grain procurement processes.According to Congress, the ordinances will disrupt the agricultural foundation that has been laid carefully in the past 50 years.
Farmers request the MPs to raise these issues in the parliament monsoon session that is scheduled to begin from Monday.