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Kissan Tehreek holds protest rallies across J&K in solidarity with the protesting farmers

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Srinagar: In solidarity with the farmers protesting against anti-farmer bills passed by the BJP government, J&K Kissan Tehreek held protest rallies across Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.

While maintaining social distancing norms,  Kisan Tehreek, held demonstrations in Srinagar, Jammu,  District Headquarters Anantnag, Kulgam, Kathua, Reasi  and other areas of J&K to protest against the anti-farmer policies of the BJP government.

While addressing the protest demonstration at Anantnag,  General Secretary Kisan Tehreek Ghulam Nabi Malik said that these new agri-laws passed in the Parliament will threaten India’s food security, destroy Indian agriculture and farmers, lay the  basis for the abolishment of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and mortgage Indian agriculture and our markets to the caprices of multi-national agri-business corporates and domestic corporates.

“These bills have pushed the farmers into a critical situation. If the ordinance had been in favour of the farmers the government would have discussed and revealed the contents of the bill to the nation. These Acts will mean complete withdrawal of the Government from procurement and put farmers at the mercy of corporate companies. It is aimed to facilitate profiteering by big players,” he said.

He said that Modi government is pushing through various neoliberal measures under the guise of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat campaign’. All the measures announced under its auspices for agriculture and rural infrastructure have actually given nothing much to the farmers.  The Covid-19 pandemic has become a golden opportunity for the Modi government to push through anti-farmer and anti-worker legislations without any proper parliamentary scrutiny or discussion.

While condemning the BJP Government for its utter disregard for established Parliamentary procedures, federal principles, rights of States and farmers in the manner in which three anti-farmer Ordinances were pushed through without wide consultation, the protesters warned that their agitations will intensify unless the bills are repealed.

He said that the real issue which farmers are facing since long is fair price for their produce by ensuring a minimum support price for all crops. This legitimate demand despite repeated promises/assurances has not been conceded till date.

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