Farmers pass resolution for repeal of APMC Bypass Act

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Farmers pass resolution for repeal of APMC Bypass Act

Saturday, 24 July 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

A group of farmers continued their 'Kisan Sansad (farmers' parliament)’ for the second day on Friday, amid heavy deployment of police, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. 

The farmers on Friday organised three session of the 'Kisan Sansad'  with six people as speakers and deputy speakers, including Hardev Singh Harshi, Jagtar Singh Bajwa, V Venkataramaiah, Jangvir Singh Chauhan, Mukesh Chandra and Harpal Singh Bilari.

“The Kisan Sansad passed a unanimous resolution at the end of the two-day debate on the APMC Bypass Act. The resolution takes into account the adverse experience of the operation of the APMC Bypass Act from June 2020 to January 2021 before the Supreme Court suspended the implementation,” said the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions spearheading the protest against the three farm laws.

“The resolution stated that farmers need a much higher number of operating mandis and not fewer mandis.The resolution called for a repeal of the central Act immediately referring to the undermining of the Constitution and democratic functioning that the legislation was based on. The resolution also asked State Governments to bring in improvements in their mandi systems that protect farmer interests,” said the SKM.

A group of 200 farmers reached Jantar Mantar in central Delhi on Thursday to protest against the Centre's three contentious farm laws as the Monsoon Session of Parliament was underway.

Around 5,000 police personnel were deployed in the New Delhi district and four companies of paramilitary forces were deployed in and around Jantar Mantar on Thursday.

A water cannon and metal-detector gates have been deployed at the site. Two tankers carrying drinking water have also been stationed there.

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