New Delhi: The ‘Delhi Chalo’ farmers’ protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 113th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26, 2020.
Why are farmers protesting? The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming.
The Indian government’s ongoing crackdown on farmers peacefully protesting new farming laws and corresponding intimidation of journalists and government critics only underscores the deteriorating situation of democracy in India, Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wrote in a letter to Austin.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday said anti-coronavirus vaccination camps have been set up for farmers at the Kundli border in Sonipat. The vaccination doses are being administered at Rasoi Dhaba on the Kundli border.
A team of doctors who are administering vaccination doses have already started to get a good response from farmers, a statement quoting the chief minister said.
The vaccination against COVID-19 which started at Rasoi Dhaba is being done in coordination with Red Cross society coordinator Saroj Bala. Sonipat Civil Surgeon Dr J S Punia, along with a team of doctors from the Health Department, is closely monitoring the vaccination drive which will continue in the coming days too.Moneycontrol.com