Farmer’s Protest: Farmers Plan to Block Trains Today

Today, the third round of talks regarding the farmer‘s demand is taking place between three Union ministers and farmer leaders in Chandigarh. Farmers said the government is using tear gas on farmer’s protests and speaking about talks on the other side.

Farmer's Protest

In 2020, Indian farmers started protesting against the government’s proposed agricultural reforms. Prime Minister Modi’s government then announced that the new reforms will be ended, at the end of 2021. the parliament passed the bill to cancel the reforms, and farmers won the protest.

But two years after the Farmer’s Protest, farmers have returned to the protest spots, claiming that the government has not fulfilled their promise, which was made last year. You can read about farmer’s current demand. The current Farmer’s Protest is a continuation of the 2020 movement.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a farmers’ union group, planned to march to Delhi with approximately one lakh farmers. The farmers were marching towards the national capital. The government fortified an area and set up barricades. Sashi Tharoor said on Wednesday that ‘even the China border is not fortified like it is in the national capital’.

On just the second day of the Farmer’s Protest, February 14, police fired multiple rounds of tear gas shells on the farmers who attempted to break through the police barricade at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border and continued their ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest. The Delhi police have also implemented Section 144. This means a ban on large social gatherings and the entry of tractor-trolleys into the area.

The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and BKU Dakaunda (Dhaner faction) have announced ‘rail roko’ (train stoppage) in the state on Thursday, February 15, from noon to 4 pm. And the important thing is that today, on February 15, the CBSE 10th and 12th examinations are scheduled to begin.

Because of the Farmer’s Protest, there has been a traffic jam for the last few days. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) issued guidance on Wednesday for students taking the Class 10 and 12 board exams, which are scheduled from February 15 to March 13. CBSE advised students to use the Delhi Metro to get to their exam centres and to leave early to avoid possible delays. This tension between the government and farmers will affect students.

Today, the third round of talks, after February 8 and 12 will take place. Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Arjun Munda, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai will meet with farmers at 5 p.m.

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher said, ‘Demands are a matter of life and death for us’.

The farmers have made 12 demands to the central government. The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, both led by farmer union leaders Jagjeet Singh Dallewal and Sarwan Singh Pandher, are organizing the Farmers Protest.

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1. What are the key demands of the farmers in the ongoing protests?

A. The farmers have presented 12 demands to the central government, which include repealing the three contentious farm laws and guaranteeing the minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

2. What are some key events in the recent Farmer’s Protest?

On February 14, police fired tear gas shells on farmers attempting to break through barricades at the Punjab-Haryana Shambhu border. The Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) and BKU Dakaunda (Dhaner faction) have announced a ‘rail roko’ (train stoppage) in the state on February 15.

3. How is the farmer‘s protest impacting other sectors, such as education?

A. The ongoing Farmer’s Protest has caused a traffic jam, affecting daily life. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has advised students taking board exams to use the Delhi Metro due to possible delays. This tension between the government and farmers is expected to impact students.

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