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Farmers from 4 states to protest outside Parliament against farm bills

Farmers from 4 states to protest outside Parliament against farm bills

NEW DELHI: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh said that farmers from Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will protest outside the Parliament on Wednesday against the three farm bills.

“We will wear black clothes during our protest,” Singh added.

This comes after the Centre on Monday introduced three bills in Lok Sabha to enact laws on the three farm-sector ordinances.

The proposed legislations seek to provide barrier-free trade for farmers’ produce outside notified farm mandis, and empower farmers to enter into farming agreements with private players before production for sale of agri-produce.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade And Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill were introduced in parliament on Monday.

Farmers have expressed apprehension that these would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price (MSP) system and they would be at the “mercy” of big corporates.

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