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February 28, 2021 / 10:40 PM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights| Farmers can be anything but anti-nationals, says Arvind Kejriwal

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 95th day today

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 95th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26, 2020. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP)
system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming. The Supreme Court had earlier ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws, hoping it will end the protest. The farm union leaders have also rejected the Centre's proposal to suspend implementation of the laws for 18 months. On January 26, the protest turned violent when some farmers deviated from a pre-decided route for their Republic Day tractor rally and clashed with police. Some protesters scaled the ramparts of the Red Fort. Several protestors and police personnel were injured in the ensuing clashes. The farmers' unions also held a 'chakka jam' on February 6 where they blocked national and state highways to protest the internet ban in areas near their agitation sites and harassment allegedly meted out to them by authorities, among other issues.
  • February 28, 2021 / 10:40 PM IST

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  • February 28, 2021 / 04:04 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Arvind Kejriwal in Meerut: Today, Bharatiya Janata Party's central government has filed cases against farmers for carrying out anti-national activities. Even Britishers did not have this courage. They call our farmers terrorists.

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  • February 28, 2021 / 03:25 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Arvind Kejriwal in Meerut: The entire Red Fort incident was planned by them. Many people told me that they were deliberately shown the wrong path as they didn't know the streets of Delhi. Those who hoisted the flag were their (BJP) workers. Our farmers can be anything but anti-nationals. Even Britishers did not oppress our farmers to this extent, they did not fix nails on the ground. This government has left behind the Britishers.

  • February 28, 2021 / 03:24 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Arvind Kejriwal in Meerut: Centre's three farm laws are death warrant for farmers. Farmers will become labourers in their own fields, that is why it is a do or die situation for farmers: 

  • February 28, 2021 / 03:01 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Arvind Kejriwal in Meerut: Every party and their governments have cheated farmers. Farmers have been demanding the right price for their crop for the last 70 years. Every party's manifesto promises to offer the right price for the produce, but none of them fulfilled those promises. If they had fulfilled it, no farmer would have committed suicide.

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  • February 28, 2021 / 02:38 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to address a Kisan Mahapanchayat in support of the farmers protesting against the Centre's three farm laws shortly

  • February 28, 2021 / 01:37 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Govt finalises products under scheme to increase farmer income, exports

    The government on Saturday said it has finalised a list of  products from agriculture and allied sectors that will be promoted in a cluster approach in 728 districts across the country as part of its effort to boost farm exports and enhance farmers income. The agriculture ministry, in consultation with food processing industries ministry, has finalised the products for 'One District One Focus Product' (ODOFP), an official statement said. 

    Inputs from the States/UTs and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) have also been taken to prepare the list. "The products have been identified from agricultural, horticultural, animal, poultry, milk, fisheries and aquaculture, marine sectors for 728 districts across the country," the statement said. The agriculture ministry said that these products will be promoted in a cluster approach through convergence of the central schemes, aiming to increase the value of the products and enhance farmers' income.

    Paddy will be promoted in 40 districts, wheat-5 districts, coarse cum nutri cereals- 25 districts, pulses 16 districts, commercial crops 22 districts, oilseeds 41 districts, vegetables 107 districts, spices 105 districts, plantation 28 districts, fruits 226 districts, floriculture 2 districts, honey 9 districts, animal husbandry/dairy 40 districts, aquaculture/marine fisheries 29 districts and processed products 33 districts.  

  • February 28, 2021 / 12:04 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Artists perform 'Ragini' in support of farmers at Ghazipur

    Showing solidarity with the farmers protesting against the three new farm laws enacted last year, Noida artists performed 'Ragini' at the protest site at Ghazipur border here. Amit Chandpur, one of the artists who performed 'Ragini' at the border said, "We are here to extend our support to the farmers who are protesting against the contentious farm laws. We will go after our performance. Today, around five to seven artists from Udham Nagar Mandli have come here."

    A huge crowd was there at the border to see the performance of the artists.

  • February 28, 2021 / 11:28 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Haryana Khap panchayat urges dairy farmers to hike milk rates for govt cooperative societies

    A khap panchayat in Haryana's Hisar on Sunday urged dairy farmers to sell milk at Rs 100 per litre to government cooperative societies in protest against the Centre's farm laws and high fuel prices. The appeal was made at a meeting of the Satrol Khap held in Hisar's Narnaund under the chairmanship of its head Ramniwas.

    A leader of the khap panchayat (community court), Phool Kumar Petwar, said dairy farmers have been asked to sell milk at hiked prices from March 1. He, however, said the common people will continue to get milk at Rs 55 to Rs 60 per litre. "The khap today took a decision in which we have asked farmers to sell milk at the rate of Rs 100 per litre to government cooperative societies. For the common man, this will continue to be sold between Rs 55 and Rs 60 per litre, he said.

    We want to awaken the government. They should repeal the farm laws and bring down fuel prices," said Petwar, adding that the government is not listening to farmers' demand of repealing the laws and continues to increase fuel prices.

  • February 28, 2021 / 11:13 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Activist Nodeep Kaur urges people to raise voice for Shiv Kumar's release from jail

    A day after she was granted bail, labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur on Saturday urged people to raise voice for the release of Shiv Kumar, who is a co-accused in criminal cases registered against Kaur. Kumar, president of Majdoor Adhikar Sanghathan, was held a few days after the arrest of labour rights activist Kaur.
    She was arrested on January 12 in connection with a case filed under attempt to murder and some other charges, including allegedly gheraoing an industrial unit and demanding money from the company.

    "Shiv Kumar is in jail even today. No one is talking about him. He is innocent. He was severely  beaten up by the police, his bones are broken. I request people to raise voice for his bail as well," said Kaur during a press conference at Singhu border. Kaur, who rejoined the farmers protest at Singhu border on Saturday, said the ongoing movement has space for everyone to contribute, whether it is farmers or workers. (PTI)

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  • February 28, 2021 / 10:35 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Those opposing farm laws will feel guilty for stalling them: BJP Kisan Morcha President

    BJP Kisan Morcha National President Raj Kumar Chahar said that political parties misleading farmers over the new farm laws will feel guilty for their actions in future for stalling the Union government's efforts to double farmers' income. He also said there is no question of going back on the three new farm laws.

    Chahar told IANS that farmers must give a try to the new farm laws for some time and see whether they are benefiting them or not. "Once experiencing the benefits of new laws, farmers' leaders and political parties will realise that they misled the innocent farmers. In future they will feel guilty for stalling the implementation of pro-farmer laws," he said.

    Chahar, also BJP MP from Fatehpur Sikri, said that the Modi government is confident that reforms will benefit the farmers especially with small land holdings. "When we are confident of the benefits of farm laws, there is no question of going on backfoot," he said. (Ians)

  • February 28, 2021 / 10:17 AM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Arvind Kejriwal to address Kisan Mahapanchayat in Meerut today

    Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal is scheduled to address a Kisan Mahapanchayat in support of the farmers protesting against the Centre's three farm laws at Meerut on February 28. Kejriwal will address the farmers at 11 am. To gather support for the mahapanchayat, AAP also issued an invitation card requesting farmers to attend the event.

    AAP has strongly supported the farmers protesting the new farm laws. Kejriwal had earlier visited one of the prominent protest sites at Delhi’s Singhu border and expressed his support to the farmers. "Aam Aadmi Party's kisan mahapanchayat will be held on the historic land of Meerut. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will raise his voice for the rights of the farmers," AAP said in a tweet in Hindi. Continue reading...

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