K’taka farmer outfits extend support to Sept 27 Bharat bandh

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Kurubur Shanthakumar, the President of the association on Saturday said, members of his federation have also extended support for the bandh call…reports Asian Lite News

Members of Karnataka Farmer Organisations Federation and State Sugarcane Growers Association have extended their support to the nationwide bandh call given by Samyukta Kisan Morcha on September 27 protesting against the Union government’s controversial farms laws.

Kurubur Shanthakumar, the President of the association on Saturday said, members of his federation have also extended support for the bandh call. He urged the pro-farmer political parties who are against these laws to openly express support to farm organizations, and to take part during this protest. Farmers in all taluks, district level, and prominent hobli towns will hit the streets on the day supporting the Samyukta Kisan Morcha.

He condemned the stubborn attitude of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not withdrawing anti-farmer laws despite the members of Samyukta Kisan Morcha comprising 500 farmer organizations had been staging a nine month long protest at Delhi- Haryana -Ghazipur borders.

As RSS supported Bharatiya Kisan Morcha activists too held nationwide protests against these farm laws, the union government must withdraw these laws. Shanthakumar also lashed out at Union minister of state for agriculture Shobha Karandlaje for not responding to the woes of farmers.

He also demanded the government to direct all lead banks to stop harassment meted out to farmers during the loan recovery process despite the fact that the RBI has not made mandatory to collect no objection certificate and not pledging properties to borrow the loan up to Rs 2 lakh, as several banks have demanded the loan borrowing farmers to pledge their properties besides harassing them.

Karnal standoff ends

Bharatiya Kisan Union President Gurnam Singh Chaduni and Haryana Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Devender Singh on Saturday announced to conclude the week-long agitation in Karnal.

The decision was announced at a joint press conference after the first round of talks between farmers union leaders and the Haryana government representative.

ACS Singh said that “after several round of talks with farmers leaders we have reached up to an agreement considering farmers demands”. He said that state government will set up an inquiry committee of retired High Court judges to probe against SDM Ayush Sinha.

Meanwhile, during the probe, which will be completed within a month, he will be sent on leave.

Talking about other demands, the ACS said that two members of a farmer family who died in the unfortunate incident will be given jobs of the sanction posts on DC rate. He said that chances are high to turn these posts permanent.

Meanwhile, Chaduni said in the press conference that the talks ended on a positive note and they were happy that the government has considered their demands. He added that jobs will be provided to the two family members of the family within a week.

However, being asked about one of the other major demands of registering an FIR against Sinha, he said filing a complaint after the probe by the retired judges will give more strength to the case. On ending the agitation, Chaduni said that “we are satisfied with the outcomes and this is our victory”, adding that the protest against the new farm laws will continue as usual on the Delhi border and across the nation.

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