Thousands of farmers protesting at the Singhu border for over a month now will ring within the New Year sans any celebrations.
“There is not any New Year for us until the govt accepts our demands,” said Harjinder Singh from Punjab’s Ropar, who has been camping at the Delhi-Haryana border since November 25.
In the last round of talks on Wednesday, the govt addressed the farmers’ concerns over the increasing power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but that wasn’t ok news to celebrate yet, said the farmers.
Among the problems that still remain unresolved are the revocation of the new farm laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price for his or her crops.
“the demands that they need agreed to weren’t laws yet. Their impact was yet to be felt. and that we visited the govt with the stress with clarity. they can’t pick and choose what suits them. they need to concentrate to all or any our demands,” said Harmesh Singh, a farmer from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur.
“If the govt wants to ascertain our strength, we’ll show them. People like us who are wont to living in ‘kothis’ (bungalows) are now sleeping on the road. we’ve been protesting peacefully for a month, we will keep protesting for a year too,” added Bhupinder Singh, also from Hoshiarpur.
Most farmers this year are going to be welcoming the New Year faraway from their families but they’re not complaining.
Yes, we’ve a family back home and that we are missing them, but this is often also our family. of these farmers are our brothers, and uncles,” said Harjinder.
Gurpreet Hayer from Jalandhar and Pratap Singh from Bhatinda have decided to try to to ‘sewa’ within the New Year as that they had wiped out the past.
Gurpreet said he are going to be working with Gursikh Sewa Society to place up a “turban langar” for all the farmers on Friday.
“We will celebrate the New Year by doing sewa. There are many farmers who don’t skills to tie a turban, or don’t have a fresh turban. we’ll give them that,” he said.
Pratap said he would pay a visit to the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara here on the primary day of the year.
“Every New Year we attend pay our respects at gurudwara and do sewa at langar. This year too, i will be able to do an equivalent here,” he said.
Among the bare minimum celebrations, the Working People’s Charter has called upon people from across the country to inaugurate the New Year with the farmers
“These laws aren’t just anti-farmer but also anti-poor. and that we want all the people that leave to celebrate New Year to return and celebrate with the farmers, with the aim of demanding social justice for them. there’ll be bonfire, good conversations and songs of revolution,” said Nirmal Agni from Working People’s Charter.
Farmers are protesting at Delhi borders against 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 therefore the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.
Enacted in September, the three farm laws are projected by the central government as major reforms within the agriculture sector which will remove the middlemen and permit farmers to sell anywhere within the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the security cushion of Minimum Support Price and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of massive corporates.
The government has repeatedly asserted that the MSP and Mandi systems will stay and has accused the opposition of misleading the farmers. PTI