Farmers Protest: 'Why should it bother anyone else?': Punjab CM on burning of tractor near India Gate | Highlights
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after President Ram Nath Kovind approved the contentious farm acts, violent protests erupted across the country with farmers' organisations urging the government to withdraw the bills. In Karnataka, farmers' organisations have also called for a bandh in the state. Several political parties, including the Congress and the JD(S), have supported the call for bandh.
Meanwhile, protests have also erupted in Punjab where Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has targeted the Centre over the three farm bills, saying the "Modi government doesn't know anything about agriculture". Media reports suggest that former Congress president Rahul Gandhi will likely lead a protest against the farm bills in Punjab this week.
The three contentious farm bills -- The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 -- were passed by the Parliament in the Monsoon Session and were approved by the President on Sunday.
Here are the highlights of the day.
17:23 pm: 5637 MT Paddy at Minimum Support Price of Rs 1868 per MT has been procured from farmers of Haryana and Punjab till 27th September; Procurement of paddy for the remaining States commences from today: Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
17:22 pm: Approval has been given for procurement of 13.77 LMT of Pulse & oilseeds for Kharif season for Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana & Haryana: Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
16:45 pm: Farmers know that Farm Bills passed by government is for their welfare. Congress which is today protesting against the bills had earlier promised in its manifesto to bring these reforms if it comes to power. But since Modi govt has done it now,Congress is taking u-turn, says BJP's Tejasvi Surya
16:37 pm: Congress' Adhir R Chowdhury has written a letter to West Bengal Governor over withdrawal of Farmers Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Bill 2020, Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance Farm Services Bill, 2020 & Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill
15:33 pm: We will be going to the Supreme Court. Agriculture is a state subject but farm bills have been passed without asking us. It is totally unconstitutional, says Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh
15:22 pm: I didn't gain anything from my resignation, I've only lost. But it brought farmers' issues to the centre stage. Parliament session had to be cut short by a week due to nationwide protests against Farm Bills: Shiromani Akali Dal leader and former union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal
14:42 pm: If I have a tractor and I set it on fire, why should it bother anyone else?: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on burning of a tractor near India Gate in Delhi by Punjab Youth Congress workers
13:38 pm: It's my crop, my right. They can sell agricultural produce anywhere in India. We haven't closed doors of APMC, you can sell it at APMC or wherever you can get a fair price. I request farmers, wait for another 6 months or a year. You'll get to know how it'll help you, says Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa
13:37 pm: Protests are taking place against amendment to APMC and land reforms Bill. I had spoken to leaders of farmers associations at Vidhana Soudha, a few days back. They were not willing to discuss the amendment, when I called them to discuss the Farm Bill, says Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa
They have already decided to protest. Being a farmer's son, I am on the farmers' side. These amendments have been brought after long discussions, he adds
13:15 pm: In Karnataka, the police has detained several Congress, JD(S) and SDPI workers who were protesting against the farm acts
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh holds a sit-in protest against the against #FarmBills (now laws) at Khatkar Kalan in Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar.— ANI (@ANI) September 28, 2020
The Chief Minister also paid tribute to Bhagat Singh on the latter's birth anniversary. pic.twitter.com/NXuYyRclBQ
12:56 pm: "Dear BS Yediyurappa ji,Instead of banning the Farmer's Karnataka Bandh, ‘ban’ & ‘banish’ the anti farmer-labourer mindset. Withdraw the law and apologise for the blatant sell out by BJP on Land Reforms Bill.Repeal the draconian amendments to APMC ActThis is ur litmus test!," says Congress' Randeep Singh Surjewala
12:44 pm: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to hold a sit-in today hatkar Kalan against farm bills
12:41 pm: Rahul Gandhi likely to lead a protest against farm bills in Punjab this week
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma