The three new ordinances given by the government in the agricultural have not been received well by the farmers. The union is protesting against new measures and have called it ‘anti-farmer’ as they fear the new legislation will lead to exploitation by huge food-trading monopolies.
While the ongoing tussle intensifies, we got in touch with Punjabi artist, Sukhmani Kaur Bedi. She shared her thoughts with us and extended her support to the farmers.
Sukhmani told Newsd, “COVID-19 has brought such a slowdown in the economy which has caused a major downturn than ever. Considering agriculture being the most important sector of the Indian economy, especially when it comes to the overall economic rise in India we definitely have to do something about it now. If we can’t and won’t protect them in such times then who will? We need to realise they are the core people that the government should be focusing on for a better India.”
“We as artists are people made by the general people of the county and it’s our duty to pay back by influencing our youth & adults. Our voice is powerful for the general public and being an artist it’s my duty to create awareness by enlightening the country’s people to speak up for the Farmers Produce Trade and commerce”, she added.
Giving a broad perspective on the ongoing matter, she expressed, “The commission agents of the mandis and states will be loosing out on commissions and the mandi fees respectively. The state governments of Punjab and Haryana will be affected the most because of loss of Mandi Tax which has been a good source of revenue in these respective states.”
“BJP led Govt has to rethink the anti-farmer laws that will completely undermine the last 65 years of sacrifice & hard work of Punjab farmers in making India food surplus. Their denials on MSP are also not to be trusted as these laws will pave the way for ending MSP & FCI,” she added.
For the uninitiated, different farmer organisations in Punjab have already given a call for a “bandh” on September 25 in protest against the Bills.