Friday, December 8, 2023

Jamshedpur Sikhs sport black badges, hold protest rally against Farm Laws

CGPC members threaten to move to Delhi 

Jamshedpur, Jan 3: Under the banner of Central Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee took out a rally from Sakchi Gurudwara on Sunday. The rally was taken out under the leadership of Bhagwan Singh, president, Mango Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee.  Sporting black badges on turbans, the members of various gurudwara took out a rally raising slogans against Farm Bills.

Sardar Shailendra Singh, chairman of the Jharkhand Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, said that for the last 39 days farmers have been protesting against the Agriculture Bills in Delhi. The government has termed it as Khalistan movement or sometimes Sikh movement.

Sardar Gurmukh Singh Mukhe said that the government should listen to the farmers because the farmers of the country are the food providers. He said that if no decision is taken on this subject on the 4th, then all the CGPC members will travel towards Delhi.  He said that the farmers of the country cannot become a pawn. They have come to the streets to get their rights. He assured the farmers that the people of the whole country and the world are with them.

“ It is really sad that the government wants to demolish the government procurement system of Punjab and Haryana to benefit its capitalists. According to him, farmers from Bihar and Jharkhand have suffered a loss of Rs 1000 per quintal in order to sell the corn crop. There is no friendly leader of farmers in Bihar Jharkhand, this is the reason why the voice of the farmer there is not being heard,” said Mukhe.

He has appealed to the central government to shun arrogant posture and listen to the farmers of the country. He appealed to the President to direct the government that by convening a joint session of Parliament, the amended Agricultural law be removed.

The rally went to Sakchi roundabout and converted into a dharna where members of other communities also supported the cause.

President Bhagwan Singh said that they have taken out the rally to show their support to the farmers. The participants wore masks and ensured social distancing. The idea is to express our concern over the bills. He expressed apprehension that the three Bills would pave the way for dismantling the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system, leaving them at the mercy of big companies.

 The two bills – the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 – were passed by the Rajya Sabha despite uproar and strong protest by the Opposition parties in the house.

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