LAST UPDATED: Dec. 20, 2020, 10:53 a.m.
Varun Sinha, New Delhi: Today is the 25th day of the farmers’ movement amid falling mercury and the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
But there is currently no solution to the ongoing deadlock in the famers’ protest against the new agricultural laws and the government’s stand on the issue.
A large number of farmers have been blocking different borders of Delhi since November 26, demanding the repeal of the new agricultural laws. The farmers have blockaded many border points connecting Delhi to Uttar Pradesh and Haryana including Singhu, Tikri, Palwal and Ghazipur.
Amidst all this, the protesting farmers will celebrate Martyrdom Day today. Today farmers will pay tribute to those who lost their lives during the freedom movement. The farmers’ organizations have given the status of martyrs to the farmers who have been martyred during the movement against the agricultural laws.
All farmer organizations will organize tribute programs in their respective villages today. In addition to members of all farmer organizations, Gram Panchayat, Nambadars, social organizations will also have special participation. The tribute gathering began at 11 am.
Farmer unions protesting against the three agricultural laws said they would decide their next step in the next two-three days. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court had noted that it was considering setting up a ‘fair and independent’ committee of agricultural experts and farmer unions to resolve the deadlock. Farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said that discussions are currently going on among the unions to decide the strategy. He said that they are also taking legal opinion on this matter.
Significantly, as the deadlock between the central government and the farmers continues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged people to read the e-booklet issued by the central government on agricultural reforms and make it available to as many people as possible. The government has released an e-booklet in English and Hindi which underlines the success of farmers benefiting from the reforms implemented in September.