The Farmers Fight Is Our fight!

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The Farmers’ Fight Is Our fight!

New Trade Union Initiative – Secretariat

The New Trade Union Initiative supports and stands in solidarity with the on-going farmer’s struggle, including the call for Bharat Bandh by the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee and other platforms of farmers’ unions. The lack of willingness to find a fair and just solution to the demands of the farmers by the government is symptomatic of the tone deaf government that we have come to be used to under the BJP.

The three farm laws: the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmer (Empowerment and Protection), the Agreement of Price Assurance... and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 were legislated in September, despite the strongest possible opposition both within and outside parliament. These had been unilaterally brought in as ordinances in June amidst the unplanned and unprepared draconian lockdown.

The three central laws read together in effect disband local markets created through state laws, allow corporates to enter the market for agricultural produce and above all remove regulations against hoarding and storage limits that allow restrictive market practices for essential food products especially cereals opening the way for price fixing. Read together the laws would undermine the autonomy of the farming community and reducing them to dependent producers within the structure of corporate farming. Under the banner of the ‘One Nation, one Market’ dominated by large corporations the laws would render the long standing protection of the Minimum Support Price (MSP) redundant, which was critical in regulating agricultural produce and ensuring food security in the country.

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