Farmers Protesting Against The Centre’s Three Farm Laws Announces For Bharat Bandh on 26th March ; Transport Services Likely To Get Affected

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, have called for a Bharat Bandh on 26th March 2021 from 6 AM to 6 PM; They have also appealed to the citizens of the country to help make this Bharat Bandh a success.  "We appeal to the people of the country to make this Bharat Bandh a success and honour their 'Annadata,'" said farmer leader Darshan Pal.

What Services Will Get Affected During the Bharat Bandh?

During the Bharat Bandh, all rail and road transportsz, public places, and markets across the country will remain shut. Commuters may face problems, especially if they have to cross Delhi-Ghaziabad or Delhi-Noida border.  However, traders' participation has been kept optional by the farmers' union. Speaking about the same, Ashok Chawla, General Secretary of Mahanagar Vyapar Mandal, said, "No association would force anybody to close their shops or compel them to keep it open as traders are free to take decisions on their own." Reportedly, the SKM said that all the states and union territories where assembly elections are due to take place would be exempted from the Bharat Bandh.  Emergency services like Healthcare and Ambulance services will not get affected.  bharat bandh toi

Why Are The Farmers Calling For a Bharat Bandh?

The SKM has called for a six-hour bandh to mark four-months of farmers' fight against the centre’s three new farm laws.  Farmers all across the country are protesting against the three farm laws passed by the central government - The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.  Reportedly, many rounds of talks have been held between farmers and the government, but none of them has reached a definite conclusion yet. The farmers have demanded for a complete withdrawal of these laws. On 11th January, the Supreme Court issued a stay order against the implementation of the three laws.  Farmer leaders also said that copies of the new farm bills will be burnt on 28th March during the ritual of 'Holika Dahan.'

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