Farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been staging a protest against three ordinances passed by the central government.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) staged a rally and blocked National Highway 44 near Kurukshetra on Thursday where the protests began and police charged them for not following the COVID-19 protocols.
BKU leader Gurnam Singh called the centre's ordinance as anti-farmer.
The three ordinances passed by the central government are;
Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020,
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020,
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.
While the ordinance wants to “provide for barrier-free trade of farmers’ produce outside the markets notified under the various state agricultural produce market laws (state APMC Acts) but according to the farmers, they fear that this ordinance will end the Mandi system of selling of agricultural products.
And they will be forced to sell below Minimum Support Price or the MSP.
Former Haryana chief minister and Congress leader Bhupender Singh Hooda said that the ordinances are against the farmers' interest.