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Government should set up vaccination centers at protest sites: farmers union | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body that brings together farmers unions on the move, demanded on Friday that the government start vaccination centers and provide related facilities at the sites of the protests.
This is the first time the union has made such a demand. He even asked farmers protesting at the various Delhi border points to wear masks and follow the necessary Covid-19 guidelines to stop the spread of the virus.
Interestingly, their leaders in the vulnerable age group had previously said that they are “not afraid of Covid” and that they “will not take any hits.” However, they had said that they would not prevent any farmer camping at the borders from being vaccinated, as it was an individual choice.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at three border points in Delhi, Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur, for more than four months, demanding the repeal of the three land reform laws. promulgated by the Center. September.
“We call on farmers to follow the necessary norms and guidelines, such as wearing masks and doing their bit to stop the spread of the virus. At the same time, we also ask the government to fulfill its responsibility by starting vaccination centers and providing the necessary facilities. in places of protest, “said a statement from SKM.
The lawsuit comes on a day when India added a record 2,17,353 new coronavirus infections, bringing the Covid-19 case count to 1,42,91,917, while active cases passed the 15 mark. lakh, according to updated data from the Union Ministry of Health. .
Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal, in light of the unprecedented surge in the capital, announced on Thursday a curfew this weekend and the closure of shopping malls, gyms and auditoriums until April 30 as part of the extensive restrictions to break the chain of infection.
However, the SKM accused the ruling BJP in the Center of not recognizing the coronavirus during its various election rallies and of mentioning it about the programs carried out against the ruling government.
He also warned the government not to create an atmosphere of “fear” among farmers and spread “fake news”, such as “forcibly changing the farmers’ dharna”.
“Efforts are being made to create an atmosphere of fear among farmers by spreading fake news, which farmers will not tolerate and will also give an appropriate response,” he said.
Reiterating its demands to repeal farm laws and enact a Minimum Support Price (MSP) law, the union called on protesting farmers to continue their “peaceful strike” and called on more farmers to come to the Delhi borders as soon as the harvesting and procuring work was done.
The Center says the new farm laws will free farmers from middlemen, giving them more options to sell their crops.
The protesting farmers, however, say the laws would pave the way to remove the MSP’s safety cushion and end the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations.

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