Farmers Protest News: Bharatiya Kisan Union moves Supreme Court against Farm Acts

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Updated: December 11, 2020 5:56:07 pm

Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest HIGHLIGHTS: The Centre has appealed to farmers to reconsider its proposal and come for a dialogue.

Farmers Protest, MSP in IndiaAccording to the Kisan Sabha, cultivators from 21 districts in Maharashtra had joined the "vehicle march" to Delhi.

2020 Indian Farmers Protest HIGHLIGHTS: The Bharatiya Kisan Union has moved the Supreme Court against three Farm Laws passed by Parliament. It claims that the laws will make farmers “vulnerable to corporate greed’, ANI reported. It comes a day after the Centre appealed to farmers to reconsider its proposal and come for a dialogue. It gave point-by-point rebuttal to the apprehensions raised by farmers so far. It also dispelled the fears of land takeover by corporations by explaining the ‘farmer friendly’ provisions in law.

Despite this, the farmer union leaders have announced that their agitation will continue. “If the Centre was agreeing to 12 of our demands out of 15, that means the bills are not right, then why not destroy them. We had demanded one law on MSP but they brought three bills through the ordinance. Our protests will continue peacefully,” said Rakesh Tikait of Bharatiya Kisan Union.

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    16:54 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    MSP will continue, no one should doubt it: Agriculture Minister

    Agriculture Minister: The Prime Minister had spoken about MSP and I had assured on the floors of both the Houses. If it is being said in the Parliament, it is a recorded document. It expresses the intention of Government. There can be no document more powerful than that. The MSP will continue. No one should doubt it.

    16:47 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Bhartiya Kisan Union approaches Supreme Court

    The Bhartiya Kisan Union has approached the Supreme Court against the three Farm Laws passed by the Parliament, claiming the laws will make farmers “vulnerable to corporate greed.”

    15:21 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Centre reaches out as farmers threaten to intensity stir over Farm Acts

    The Union Agriculture Minister today said that Centre was yet to receive any response from the farmer unions on its proposal suggesting amendments in the Farm Acts. He said that the proposal was with the farmers, “they discussed it but we have not received any reply from them”. He said that the government came to know through the media that the farmers had rejected the proposal. "Yesterday (Thursday) I had said that if they want to, we can definitely talk about the proposal. We are yet to receive a proposal of talks from them. We are ready as soon as we receive a proposal from them,” the minister said. On Thursday, Narendra Singh Tomar along with Piyush Goyal addressed a press conference where they discussed the apprehensions raised by the farmer unions.

    READ | ‘Leave agitation, take path of discussion’: Centre reaches out as farmers threaten to intensity stir over Farm Acts

     
    14:28 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Rahul Gandhi attacks govt over farm incomes

    Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi today attacked the government, alleging that it wants the income of farmers in the country to be as low as that earned by those in Bihar. He cited a media report that claimed that an agricultural household in Punjab earns the highest in a year, while it was lowest in Bihar. "The farmer wants his income to be as much as that of farmers of Punjab. The Modi government wants the income of all farmers of the country to be as much as that of Bihar farmers," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi. The survey cited by Gandhi showed that an average Indian agricultural household earns Rs 77,124 in a year, with Punjab farmers earning Rs 2,16,708 annually and that of Bihar only Rs 42,684. The Congress has been attacking the government over the new farm laws and has alleged that these will lower farmers' income. The party has also been alleging that the farm laws seek to end the minimum support price regime and abolish the Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee Act. (PTI)

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    13:41 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Two Delhi Police officers overseeing security test positive for Covid

    Two senior Delhi Police officers heading security arrangements at Singhu border where thousands of farmers have been camping for two weeks have tested positive for Covid. Both the DCP-rank officers are in isolation. Hundreds of police personnel have been deployed at the Singhu border point to prevent the protesters, demanding a rollback of the new farm laws, from entering the national capital. "Two senior police officers deployed at Singhu border tested positive for coronavirus a few days ago. Both of them are currently in isolation," a senior police officer said. (PTI)

    13:09 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Farmers' protest: Several roads remain closed in Delhi

    Several routes in the national capital remain closed for commuters today. The Delhi Traffic Police said Tikri and Dhansa borders are closed for traffic movement, while Jhatikara border is open only for two-wheelers and pedestrians. Those travelling to neighbouring Haryana can take routes via Jharoda (only single carriageway), Daurala, Kapashera, Badusarai, Rajokri NH 8, Bijwasan/Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera borders.  

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    12:25 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Centre trying to thrust black laws like it imposed demonetization, GST: Sukhbir Badal

    SAD chief Sukhbir Singh Badal has slammed Centre, accusing it of trying to thrust the "black laws" upon farmers the way it "imposed" demonetization and GST in the past. "Farmers want these laws should be repealed. If farmers do not want these laws, why are you forcing upon them?" he asked. "This policy of forcing upon like earlier they (Centre) forced upon demonetization and GST (goods and services tax), and now they want whatever decision they make while sitting in offices should be implemented forcibly," Badal told the media on Thursday evening. "This is a democratic country. If farmers do not want it (laws). You have seen all the farmers' organizations have joined hands. Bharat Bandh was observed. Farmers do not want these laws and then why they are keeping it (laws). I do not understand it," the SAD chief said. (PTI)

    11:54 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Farmers threaten to block railway tracks if demands not met by Centre

    Farmers agitating for the past two weeks against the new agri laws have announced that they will block railway tracks if their demands are not met by the Centre. Farmer unions said they will soon announce a date for blocking tracks across the country. Addressing reporters at the Singhu border where they have been protesting to demand a rollback of the laws, the farmer unions reiterated that they will intensify their agitation and start blocking all highways leading to the national capital. "We will block railway tracks if our demands are not met. We will decide on the date and announce it soon. The blocking of tracks will not be limited to Haryana and Punjab but it will be done across the country," farmer leader Boota Singh said at the press conference.

    The announcement by farmers came on a day Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said it was not proper to announce the next stage of agitation when talks were continuing and urged the unions to return to the discussion table. Tomar also urged farmer union leaders to consider proposals sent to them to break the deadlock over protests and said the government is ready for further discussions with them any time. "Centre has admitted that laws have been made for traders. If agriculture is a state subject, the central government does not have right to make laws on it," said Balbir Singh Rajewal, another leader. (PTI)

    11:50 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Booklet to highlight Centre's farm reforms

    The Centre has come out with a booklet titled 'Putting Farmers First', highlighting the reforms introduced in the agriculture sector through the new farm laws. This comes at a time when thousands of farmers have been protesting on various borders of the national capital, demanding that the laws be repealed. Three farm laws enacted in September have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middlemen and allow farmers to sell anywhere in the country. The I&B Ministry's Bureau of Outreach and Communication, which has brought out the booklet, yesterday put out a tweet saying, 'Read the booklet 'Putting Farmers First' that highlights the historic reforms introduced by the government in the agriculture sector through recent three farm laws and various steps taken in the last 6 years for welfare of farmers.' It will clear the doubts and misinformation that has spread about the laws and will present a correct picture, BOC Director General Satyendra Prakash said. It also dispels the concerns and gives a detailed account of consultation that had taken place with various stakeholders over a period of time, he said. (PTI)

    11:32 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    BJP announces mega plans to dispel myths around Farm Acts

    The Bharatiya Janata Party will organise press conferences and 'chaupals' in all the districts of the country on the new farm bills from today. About 700 press conferences and 700 'chaupals' will be organised in the coming days. (ANI)

    10:39 (IST)11 Dec 2020
    Akali Dal slams Centre for not rolling back Farm Acts

    Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal says that his party strongly condemns the Central government's stand of not taking back the black laws. 'The press conference by the Centre proves that they have decided to fight against the country's 'annadata',' he adds. 

    The Centre on Thursday appealed farmer groups to consider its proposals for amending the Acts to address their concerns and said it is open to discussing its offer further whenever the unions want. However, the protesting farmers remained defiant and threatened to block railway tracks too in addition to highways. A day after protesting farmers rejected the Centre's offer for a written assurance on Minimum Support Price and amend few provisions in the farm laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that union leaders must consider the proposals and said he is ready for further discussions with them, but left it to the farmer groups to propose a date for the next round of talks. "The government is keen and ready for further discussions with protesting farmers. To clear their apprehensions, we have sent our proposal to farmer unions. I want to urge them to fix a date for discussion as early as possible. If they have any issue, the government is ready for discussion," the agriculture minister said. Tomar said it was not proper on the part of unions to announce the next stage of agitation when talks were continuing and urged them to return to the discussion table. "We gave our proposals to farmers after meeting them and therefore we urge them to consider those. If they want to discuss those proposals also, we are ready for that too," he said. (PTI)
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