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Farm Laws and the Fallout: Perspectives and Viewpoints

Farm Laws and the Fallout: Perspectives and Viewpoints
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In late September, Indian President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to three "Farm Laws", or the "Agriculture Bills" which went on to shake the world's largest democracy to its core as farmers feared these laws could impact their livelihood - one that is often termed the largest source of livelihoods in India. As much as 70 percent of the country's rural households still depend primarily on agriculture for their livelihood.

Farmers set out for the capital New Delhi on November 26 with a slogan – "Delhi Chalo" which translates to "Let's go to Delhi". A lot has changed since then, but what hasn't changed - the perseverance of farmers to protect their interests and the farm laws themselves - is catalyzing a change in India that reminds its citizens of the power of their voice and reflects on the global sentiment of change after the last couple of years saw massive protests in every corner of the world. In the Live Discourse, we aim to accumulate all perspectives on the farm laws and the fallout that followed, to help readers get a better sense of what's next for the sector that is the largest source of livelihood in India.

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Farm Laws and the Fallout: Perspectives and Viewpoints - Haryana govt orders judicial probe into Aug 28 incident, farmers call off Karnal sit-in

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Updated: 11-09-2021 15:45 IST Created: 30-01-2021 09:03 IST

3:45 PM On September 2, he was transferred out of Karnal and posted as additional secretary of Citizen Resources Information Department.Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh on Saturday said the meeting between farmer leaders and the government officials was held in a positive atmosphere.He said the Haryana government will get a judicial probe conducted into the August 28 incident by a retired judge of the high court.Read the full article here

2:55 PM A 37-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide after being unable to repay loans and suffering crop losses in Madhya Pradeshs Khargone district, police said on Saturday.Jitendra Patidar was found hanging from a tree in his farm in Pandhaniya village, under Mengaon police station area, on Friday, the official said.We received information on Friday evening that a farmer had committed suicide under Mengaon police station.Read the full article here

1:39 PM Two family members of Satish Kajal, the farmer who was allegedly killed in the lathicharge by Karnal police on August 28, will be compensated with jobs at the deputy commissioner (DC) rate on sanctioned posts, informed Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh.Read the full article here

0:36 PM Condemning the lathi-charge on the farmers in Karnal last month, Maharashtra MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that the farmers have been attacked 17 times in the last two years of their protest.Read the full article here

0:27 PM Following this, the farmers said they would call off their protest outside the Karnal district headquarters.The probe will be conducted by a retired judge, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh told the media in Karnal.Read the full article here

0:28 PM Haryana government on Friday restored mobile internet and SMS services in Karnal, which were suspended in view of farmers' agitation to "prevent any disturbance of peace and public order".Read the full article here

5:13 PM Tractors and Farm Equipment TAFE on Thursday said it has offered 19,000 tractors to farmers under the free rental scheme of the company.Read the full article here

00:51 AM Jail Superintendent Arun Pratap Singh said they had permission to release only four protesters on Wednesday.We had got permission to release four farmers and we did so on the basis of the permission.Read the full article here

00:34 AM The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Wednesday said it will provide langar free food and other required services to protesting farmers in Haryanas Karnal district.SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said the organisation is fully supportive of the farmers agitation at Karnal and will provide them every kind of service according to their requirement.The farmers in Karnal have been protesting against a police lathi-charge last month.Read the full article here

9:22 PM Members of RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) on Wednesday staged protests across Gujarat to demand ''remunerative price'' for agricultural crops grown by farmers and highlight various issues affecting cultivators in the state.As part of their nationwide agitation, BKS workers gathered across 33 district headquarters in the statet, where they staged sit-ins and submitted two sets of memorandums to collectors, one addressed to the Prime Minister and other to the Chief Minister, said Gujarat BKS president Vitthal Dudhatra.He said in districts where heavy rainfall affected their programme, protesters handed over memorandums to collectors and left. In other districts like Kutch, they organised a day-long sit-in outside collector offices to press for their demands.The BKS has been demanding profitable price to farmers for their crops over and above the cost of production and legal guarantee for the payment.''Apart from the issue of remunerative price after calculating the cost of production that was common across the country in this nationwide programme, we also highlighted local issues affecting farmers at the district level in our memorandum to CM Vijay Rupani,'' Dudhatra said.Re-survey of damage to standing crops due to the cyclone Tauktae in some districts, declaring talukas in some districts as drought-hit due to low rainfall, ensuring water for irrigation and removal of fixed charge on farm electricity were raised in the memorandum addressed to the CM, he said.Other state-level matters highlighted in the memorandum included freeing farmers from vehicle scrap policy, payment of crop insurance, issues related to electricity and forest land, the BKS functionary said.''If we do not get a satisfactory resolution to the issues raised in the two memorandums, we will think of our next strategy,'' the BKS said in a release.

Haryana govt orders judicial probe into Aug 28 incident, farmers call off Karnal sit-in

Haryana govt orders judicial probe into Aug 28 incident, farmers call off Karnal sit-in

On September 2, he was transferred out of Karnal and posted as additional secretary of Citizen Resources Information Department.Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh on Saturday said the meeting between farmer leaders and the government officials was held in a positive atmosphere.He said the Haryana government will get a judicial probe conducted into the August 28 incident by a retired judge of the high court.

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MP: Farmer kills self over loan burden, crop loss in Khargone

MP: Farmer kills self over loan burden, crop loss in Khargone

A 37-year-old farmer allegedly committed suicide after being unable to repay loans and suffering crop losses in Madhya Pradeshs Khargone district, police said on Saturday.Jitendra Patidar was found hanging from a tree in his farm in Pandhaniya village, under Mengaon police station area, on Friday, the official said.We received information on Friday evening that a farmer had committed suicide under Mengaon police station.

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Haryana govt orders probe into Aug 28 lathicharge, agrees to give jobs to kin of deceased Karnal farmer

Haryana govt orders probe into Aug 28 lathicharge, agrees to give jobs to kin of deceased Karnal farmer

Two family members of Satish Kajal, the farmer who was allegedly killed in the lathicharge by Karnal police on August 28, will be compensated with jobs at the deputy commissioner (DC) rate on sanctioned posts, informed Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh.

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Farmers attacked 17 times in last 2 years, says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

Farmers attacked 17 times in last 2 years, says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

Condemning the lathi-charge on the farmers in Karnal last month, Maharashtra MP and Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday said that the farmers have been attacked 17 times in the last two years of their protest.

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Karnal standoff ends: Haryana govt orders probe into Aug 28 incident, farmers call off sit-in

Karnal standoff ends: Haryana govt orders probe into Aug 28 incident, farmers call off sit-in

Following this, the farmers said they would call off their protest outside the Karnal district headquarters.The probe will be conducted by a retired judge, Haryana Additional Chief Secretary Devender Singh told the media in Karnal.

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Farmers' stir: Internet, SMS services restored in Haryana's Karnal

Farmers' stir: Internet, SMS services restored in Haryana's Karnal

Haryana government on Friday restored mobile internet and SMS services in Karnal, which were suspended in view of farmers' agitation to "prevent any disturbance of peace and public order".

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Farmers benefit from rental scheme of TAFE

Farmers benefit from rental scheme of TAFE

Tractors and Farm Equipment TAFE on Thursday said it has offered 19,000 tractors to farmers under the free rental scheme of the company.

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Noida: Farmers stage sit-in outside jail, demand release of fellow protesters

Noida: Farmers stage sit-in outside jail, demand release of fellow protesters

Jail Superintendent Arun Pratap Singh said they had permission to release only four protesters on Wednesday.We had got permission to release four farmers and we did so on the basis of the permission.

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SGPC to provide ‘langar’, other required services to protesting farmers in Karnal

SGPC to provide ‘langar’, other required services to protesting farmers in Karnal

The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Wednesday said it will provide langar free food and other required services to protesting farmers in Haryanas Karnal district.SGPC president Bibi Jagir Kaur said the organisation is fully supportive of the farmers agitation at Karnal and will provide them every kind of service according to their requirement.The farmers in Karnal have been protesting against a police lathi-charge last month.

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RSS wing BKS stages protests in Gujarat over farm produce price

RSS wing BKS stages protests in Gujarat  over farm produce price

Members of RSS-affiliated Bharatiya Kisan Sangh (BKS) on Wednesday staged protests across Gujarat to demand ''remunerative price'' for agricultural crops grown by farmers and highlight various issues affecting cultivators in the state.

As part of their nationwide agitation, BKS workers gathered across 33 district headquarters in the statet, where they staged sit-ins and submitted two sets of memorandums to collectors, one addressed to the Prime Minister and other to the Chief Minister, said Gujarat BKS president Vitthal Dudhatra.

He said in districts where heavy rainfall affected their programme, protesters handed over memorandums to collectors and left. In other districts like Kutch, they organised a day-long sit-in outside collector offices to press for their demands.

The BKS has been demanding profitable price to farmers for their crops over and above the cost of production and legal guarantee for the payment.

''Apart from the issue of remunerative price after calculating the cost of production that was common across the country in this nationwide programme, we also highlighted local issues affecting farmers at the district level in our memorandum to CM Vijay Rupani,'' Dudhatra said.

Re-survey of damage to standing crops due to the cyclone Tauktae in some districts, declaring talukas in some districts as drought-hit due to low rainfall, ensuring water for irrigation and removal of fixed charge on farm electricity were raised in the memorandum addressed to the CM, he said.

Other state-level matters highlighted in the memorandum included freeing farmers from vehicle scrap policy, payment of crop insurance, issues related to electricity and forest land, the BKS functionary said.

''If we do not get a satisfactory resolution to the issues raised in the two memorandums, we will think of our next strategy,'' the BKS said in a release.

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