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Farmers gather to pay tribute to protesters who died during the agitation of farm laws

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Farmers held a Shahidi Diwas on Sunday to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the agitation against farm laws. Farmers waving in the Burari field joined in paying tribute as they brought out a procession in Delhi. “Farmers across the country are paying tribute to the martyrs who died during this movement,” the ANI news agency quoted one farmer as saying.

The protests entered the 25th on Sunday as the stalemate between the government and agitated farmers continues. Farmers protest against the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020 and the Essential Products Act (Amendment ) of 2020.

Also in Jharkhand, various groups of farmers held a march in the state capital. “We support the protest,” a farmer told the ANI news agency. “We come to pay tribute to the 18 farmers who died during the upheaval in Delhi,” he further said.

The three agricultural laws enacted in September have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will eliminate middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.

However, protesting farmers have expressed their fear that the new laws would pave the way to remove the Minimum Livelihood Price safety cushion and wipe out the mandis, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations. The Center has repeatedly stated that these mechanisms will continue.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed an Assocham event, during which he reiterated that the laws are made only for the benefit of farmers and not otherwise as the opposition is trying to project. Haryana Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar met with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and said a new round of talks could soon take place.

Meanwhile, All India Kian Sangharsh’s coordinating committee which is campaigning on the Ghazipur border said they will block both sides of the road if their negotiation with the local administration on the tractor movement is not fruitful.

Hindustan Times

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