Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 25 (PTI) Farmers under the aegis
of the All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) staged widespread protests
in Kerala on Friday against the Farm Bills passed recently in
Parliament, alleging that the new legislations will hand over
the country''s agriculture sector to corporate giants.
Senior CPI(M) leader and Vice President of AIKS, S
Ramachandran Pillai launched the protest in front of the
Raj Bhavan here and said the new agri bills will turn farmers
into labourers of corporate giants.
"The central government has passed laws that will turn
all farmers into labourers dependent on giant corporates.
Their aim is to hand over the agriculture sector to
the corporates. Through this move, our agricultural land, the
production and sale of farm produce will be taken over by
corporates. We are selling our agriculture sector to corporate
giants," Pillai alleged.
Noting that over 60 per cent population in the country
were farmers, he said the Centre was not ready to take
proactive steps to protect the majority.
Hitting out at the central government, the AIKS leader
said it was ''privatising'' everything in the country, including
the Defense and Space sectors besides the Public Sector
AIKS is the peasants front of the ruling CPI(M).
Meanwhile, CPI(M) state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan
in a tweet claimed that the newly introduced farm bills would
"destroy" the Indian agriculture and farmers.
"The three Bills - Essential Commodities (Amendment)
Bill, 2020; The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce Bill,
2020; and The Farmers Agreement on Prices Assurance and Farm
Services Bill, 2020 - will destroy Indian agriculture and our
farmers," he said in the tweet.
The CPI(M) also said the Narendra Modi government
"bulldozed 3 Farm bills through the Parliament, violating all
"These new laws handover Indian agriculture, our produce
and our markets to foreign and domestic agribusiness
corporations," it said
The left party alleged that thehandover of the entire
sector to corporates will lead to the abolishing of Minimum
Support Price, the complete destruction of PDS, promote
unscrupulous traders & corporates to hoard food, sending
prices up astronomically.
It further alleged that the Bills will finish off price
support given to ryots as well as subsidies given for supply
of cheap food grain to people and will drastically change the
agrarian sector into a corporate controlled sector with scant
concern either for farmers or consumers.
Protests are being held by over 350 farmers''
organisations under the umbrella of All India Kisan Sangharsh
(AIKS) Coordination Committee (AIKSCC).
The three farm bills were passed by Parliament earlier
this week. PTI RRT
Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI
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