Govt should provide power connections or farmers will install generators for AC in summers. In the wake of the ongoing unrest against the Center’s new farm rules, Baratiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait demanded AC power connections and cooling in farmers ’protest areas.
“Summer is coming soon and farmers need AC and coolers to stay in the protest area. The government has to connect electricity to the area or we have to install generators,” IANS quoted BKU leader Rakesh Tikait as saying.
He also said that the way people get water from the aggrieved farmers in the protest area, they will also get diesel generators.
Tikat also said that farmers would intensify their efforts until their demands were met and told IANS, “The government wants to increase protests, but farmers are also ready to be dragged on and will not leave the site until demands are met.”
He said, “We will prepare eight to 10 questions and distribute them among the people. Whenever, the party’s election campaigns have given them those questions. We will soon be organizing a meeting in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bengal to discuss the progress made by the relevant government governments.”
Earlier in the day, the Department of Agriculture and Social Farmers said the Institute had issued three media laws – The Farmers ’Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) of Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020, June 5, 2020, in accordance with due process.
The Department of Agriculture and Farmer Development added that the draft Ordinance has been distributed to various departments and departments, NITI Aayog etc., for comment.
“The governments of the country were also contacted by a video conference on May 21, 2020, which was attended by state officials and the UT, to get feedback on a new legal framework that facilitates free trade between the State and the State in the State of Agriculture.”
“During the closure of COVID-19 due to market disruptions and supply chains, there was a great need to allow free direct marketing without mandis to assist farmers to sell their produce near the farm gate at affordable prices. As the situation with COVID-19 is likely to have a long-term impact worldwide on the demand side, therefore the urgency of the proclamation of the Ordinance had to provide a new framework to encourage the promotion of free trade between countries and countries to increase market access for farmers to see their income, “added the Department of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare.
They added that in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Government has also worked closely with many networking webinars with farmers and other stakeholders in the new farm rules between June 5 and September 17, 2020.
It will be noted that the Institute and the aggrieved farmers’ unions have had 11 discussions, but all remain inconsistent.
In a similar development, Haryana Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday said his government plans to introduce legislation where protesters will have to pay for damages to public property whenever there is a protest. He was speaking to the media after his meeting with Union Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah.
Khattar said, “We were planning to introduce this law even before the farmers’ association started. When the Supreme Court ruled in its ruling that no one has the right to damage public property, we are introducing a law that people must make to pay for damage to public property.”
Meanwhile, Mahatma Gandhi’s granddaughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee on Saturday visited a Ghazipur protest center in Delhi to support the farmers’ protest. The 84-year-old man urged farmers to remain calm during their protest and urged the Center to take care of the farming community.
Thousands of farmers have been camping on the Delhi border since late November 2020 and demanding the removal of the new farm rules.