Farm Bills: Those at odds now collectively opposing Centre

Vibha Sharma

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 18

Every story has two sides, however the ongoing farmers’ agitation towards the three agriculture-related ordinances has greater than that with farmers, middlemen (arhtiyas), states and the Centre, including to numerous aspects.

As agriculture skilled Sudhir Panwar factors out, sides historically at odds (farmers and arhtiyas) at the moment are collectively opposing the BJP-led Centre. And, these protesters are aided by Opposition, farmers’ organisations and activists.

‘Not a first Stir’

The PM is making an attempt to suppress actuality with these allegations. Farmers’ ‘virodh’ has not occurred for the primary time. We have fought a number of battles towards the federal government. — Yudhvir Singh, BKU normal secretary

‘Work like bridge’

These Bills will wreck the agriculture advertising community created in 5 many years. Arhtiyas work like a bridge & take the duty of high quality and amount of govt inventory. — Ravinder Cheema, Arhtiya Assn chief, Punjab

Perhaps, the actual concern is simply too technical with apprehensions about the specter of new ecosystem, rendering the MSP construction irrelevant. The Tribune talked to completely different sides to grasp the dynamics of the rising agitation.

After the PM accused the Opposition of deceptive farmers, BKU normal secretary Yudhvir Singh mentioned, “The PM is trying to suppress reality with these allegations. Farmers’ ‘virodh’ has not happened for the first time. We have fought several battles against the government.”

“Yes, farmers are exploited by arhtiyas, but the aim should have been to fix that lacuna in the system. Procurement at the MSP is only for a limited period and farmers who are not able to sell during that are forced to sell at lower prices to arhtiyas, but the same group will step if the system changes. The government is acting at the behest of the WTO, World Bank and the IMF,” says the BKU chief.

Upset with PM’s try to “eliminate middleman”, arhtiyas say they’re the and integral a part of the foodgrain procurement community system working for good thing about each farmers and authorities businesses. Ravinder Singh Cheema, president of the Punjab Arhtiya Association, says: “Arhtiyas work like a bridge, take the responsibility of quality and quantity of the government stock up to 45 days in procurement season and protect farmers against officials. If the government does not change the decision, the central agency will not be allowed to purchase a single grain from Punjab and Haryana,” he added.

BJP president JP Nadda says: “The UPA in 2013-14 de-notified fruits and vegetables from the APMC Act in its states. The Congress in its 2019 manifesto made it clear that it will repeal the Agricultural Produce Market Committees Act.” However, Panwar believes implementation of recent agriculture legislations will probably be tough. There are many causes, however most essential is “lack of consultations with stakeholders”. “Punjab and Haryana will be affected the most because of loss of mandi tax, which a good source of revenue. While arhtiyas will lose their work, farmers are apprehensive about the functioning of the new land contract system,” he added.

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