On the 15th of March, SKM will join hands with trade unions to mark the day as anti-corporatisation and anti-privatisation day. Apart from joining trade unions in their protests at railway stations, there will be delegations going to SDM and district collector offices where a memorandum will be submitted in the name of the Prime Minister. The SKM dharnas will highlight the steep increase in petrol, diesel, and gas prices affecting common citizens including farmers severely.
In a glib response given on the subject of diesel prices and farm livelihoods in the parliament a few days back, the government sidestepped the question. It argued that the full cost of production gets covered when Government declares MSP, and herein lie several falsehoods of the government. Neither the full costs are covered, nor is MSP being realised. SKM condemns the attitude of the government and once again demands that diesel/petrol/gas prices be brought down immediately, and MSP guaranteed as a legal entitlement.
Samyukt Kisan Morcha is organising a meeting on 17th March 2021 afternoon at Singhu Border, to plan the details of the 26th March Bandh. For this purpose, it has issued a letter inviting trade unions, transporter associations, retailers associations and other mass organisations to the meeting. It invites the participation of all concerned organisations to this planning meeting. SKM also put out a circular to its constituents to organise such planning meetings at state and district levels.
SKM further clarified that there will be no Bandh taken up in those areas getting into elections on 27th March.
Despite police repression, ‘Kisan Adhikar Yatra’ starts in many states
A Kisan Mazdoor Jagriti Yatra going through Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand is receiving tremendous response from citizens.
A state level “Kishan Adhikar Yatra” started in Ganjam in Odisha has also been receiving a very warm reception on its route.
A cycle yatra initiated in Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu was illegally and objectionably diverted by Tamil Nadu Police into Kerala. The 12 cyclists, undeterred, intend to re-plan their trip towards Kashmir and will be back on the road soon.
In Gujarat, the state police prevented many activists from several organisations from taking up a Dandi Yatra from Ahmedabad which was scheduled to start on 12th March to commemorate Gandhi ji’s famous Dandi March and Satyagraha. Many leaders were detained and put under house arrest there.
A Mitthi Satyagrah Yatra started today from Mumbai will reach Singhu Border on 6th April 2021.