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Anna Hazare threatens to launch her ‘last protest’ for farmers | India News


PUNE: Social activist Anna Hazare has threatened to go on a hunger strike if the Union government does not meet her demands on farmers’ issues by the end of January next year, saying it would be her “last protest”.
Speaking to reporters in his Ralegaon Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district on Sunday, Hazare said he had been holding protests for growers for the past three years, but that the government has done nothing to solve the problems.
“The government is only giving empty promises so I have no confidence left (in the government) … Let’s see, what action does the Center take on my demands. They’ve been looking for time for a month, so I’ve given Until the end of January. If my demands are not met, I will resume my largest strike protest. This would be my last protest, “said the 83-year-old.
On December 14, Hazare wrote a letter to the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, warning of a hunger strike if his demands, such as the implementation of the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Committee and the granting of autonomy to the Commission of Agricultural Prices and Costs (CACP), were not accepted. .
BJP leader and former Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagade recently met with Hazare to explain the details of the three agricultural laws introduced by the Center.
Hazare observed a fast on December 8 in support of Bharat Bandh called by farmers’ organizations to demand the repeal of agricultural laws.
Farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi for more than a month against the Farmers’ Agricultural Price Guarantee and Services (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of 2020, the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020 and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020.
The three farm laws, enacted in September, have been projected by the government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will cut out middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, protesting growers have expressed 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.

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