Farmers to dam Western Peripheral Expressway on 100th day of protest

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Farmers at KMP Expressway throughout their chakka jam protest as a part of the continued agitation over new farm legal guidelines on February 6.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has introduced that farmers will block the Western Peripheral Expressway or Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) Expressway on March 6 as their agitation towards the farm legal guidelines completes 100 days. In keeping with an announcement issued by the Morcha, farmers will block the expressway for five hours between 11 AM and four PM. Right this moment is the 97th day of the protest.

“March 6 will mark the 100th day of the farmers’ protest on the borders of Delhi. On that day, there will likely be a 5-hour blockade on the KMP Expressway connecting numerous protest websites. The blockade will likely be between 11 a.m. and four p.m. and no toll will likely be collected on the toll plazas throughout this time,” farmer chief Balvir Singh Rajewal stated.

“In the remainder of the nation, the day will likely be marked by hoisting black flags on homes and places of work to help the motion. The SKM members will likely be sporting black bands on that day as a mark of protest,” he added.

The Western Peripheral Expressway is a 6-lane (every route) highway. The 135-km expressway was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2018. It offers high-speed hyperlink between northern and southern districts of Haryana. The highway was constructed to decongest the roads of Delhi by decreasing the variety of vehicles coming into the nationwide capital.

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On March eight, the SKM will observe ‘Mahila Kisan Diwas’. The Morcha has invited ladies’s organisations and others on that day to help the farmers’ motion.

Rajewal additionally stated that the SKM is engaged on a technique for the states the place Meeting elections are scheduled. The members of the farmers’ physique will go to the poll-bound states Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory Puducherry to take part in numerous programmes.

On March 15, the SKM together with the Central commerce unions will mark the day as ‘anti-privatisation’ day. The SKM will help the decision of commerce unions by marking the day as ‘anti-corporatisation’ day and prolong solidarity to the protests of commerce unions throughout the nation. The SKM stated that it’ll additionally launch a ‘MSP Dilao Abhiyan’.

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1000’s of farmers, principally from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi’s borders demanding rollback of the Farmers’ Produce Commerce and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Safety) Settlement on Worth Assurance and Farm Providers Act, 2020 and the Important Commodities (Modification) Act, 2020. Farmers are opposing the legal guidelines, terming them towards their curiosity as it can dismantle the mandi system and the MSP construction. Moreover, they consider that the legal guidelines will give energy to corporates over their lands. 

Nevertheless, the three legal guidelines — enacted in September 2020, have been projected by the Central authorities as main reforms within the agriculture sector that can take away the middlemen and permit farmers to promote wherever within the nation. The federal government has repeatedly assured the farmers that these three legal guidelines is not going to dispose of MSP and mandis.

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