Today was marked as anti-corporatisation and anti-privatisation day. Workers and farmers all over the country came together against the efforts of the government towards corporatisation and privatisation. Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) highlighting the increase in the cost of petrol, diesel and cooking gas joined the trade union activists in their dharnas at railway stations. They also submitted a memorandum to District Collectors / State District Magistrates addressed to the Prime Minister.
In a video message addressed to the 46th Session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council today, SKM’s Dr Darshan Pal stressed that the 3 Central laws that farmers were protesting against, were a violation of the UN “Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas”. India is a signatory to this international Declaration.
Increasing Support to Farmers’ Movement.
Mahapanchayat was organised today at Sunehra – Jurehra border today to mark the martyrdom day of Shaheed Hasan Khan Mevati. people of Mewat have consistently shown their support to the ongoing farmers’ agitation since its inception. People who participated in the mahapanchayat today pledged to continue their involvement in the movement. The involvement of a large number of women is a testimony to the fact that the current movement has become a Jan Andolan. On March 15, 1527, the King of Mewat, Hasan Khan Mewati went down fighting the army of Babur. Hasan Khan’s martyrdom symbolises the sacrifice of the people here while protecting their motherland. Along with the Raja, a thousand others got martyred in this battle.
A mahapanchayat in Jakhal, Haryana also saw a very large turnout of men and women farmers. The Kisan Mazdoor Jagriti Yatra which was started in Uttarakhand has reached Sanghayi after crossing Palia. The yatra is attracting huge public support. In Karnataka, a padayatra was started from Basavakalyan to Bellari. Through village level meetings throughout the route, along with the formation of committees, the struggle is spreading to more places here.
March 19, 2021 will be commemorated as Muzara Lehar shahadat diwas, marking the historical struggle of tenant farmers in Punjab. Against this backdrop, SKM expressed its resistance to the changed norms for quality standards and procurement being laid down for Kharif Marketing Season 2021 by the Food Corporation of India. Farmers’ organisation pointed out that these are the Government of India’s tactics to dismantle the procurement regime and punish Punjab’s farmers.