Bharat bandh tomorrow: Banking services, milk and vegetable supply to be affected

Prime News, National, Agriculture, Farmers, Finance, (New Delhi), December 7:- Services across various sectors are likely to be affected tomorrow as farmers agitating against the Centre’s new agriculture laws have called for a ‘Bharat bandh’ (nationwide strike) on December 8.

“It will be an emphatic Bharat bandh on December 8”, All India Kisan Federation president Prem Singh Bhangu said on Saturday evening after the fifth round of talks between the farmers and the central government failed to break the logjam.

The farmers have expressed apprehension that three new laws — Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 — would pave the way for dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.

Enacted in September, the laws have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.

Several opposition parties have announced support to the Bharat Bandh.’ Congress, TRS, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, AAP, NCP RJD, the Trinamool Congress and the Left parties, besides a joint platform of ten central trade unions, announced their support to the countrywide strike, while DMK leader M K Stalin led the protests in Tamil Nadu.

“All our district headquarters and pradesh headquarters will participate in this bandh. They will hold demonstrations and ensure that the bandh is successful,” Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said.

Banking Services are also expected to be affected on December 8 since a number of bank unions have expressed their solidarity with farmers protesting against recently passed agri laws. The All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) in a statement said the government should come forward and resolve their demands in the interest of the nation and farmers.

Besides, the supply of milk, vegetables is likely to take a hit.

Thousands of farmers protesting against the Centre’s new agri laws for the past 11 days here have called on people to join their ‘Bharat bandh’ on Tuesday in large numbers, as police increased deployment at various Delhi border points.

Farmer leaders also welcomed the support of political parties to the nationwide strike against the laws and demanded that the legislation be repealed. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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