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National Farmer's Day: Farmers to Celebrate Kisan Diwas through Fast, Agitation, Gherao; Decision on Further Talks with Centre Today

Pronami Chetia
Pronami Chetia
Farmer Protest

Today is 23rd December, which is also known as 'National Farmer's Day' and the whole nation is gearing up to tribute the food makers of our country who put their heart and soul into the soil to give it life and give us food. On the other hand, thousands of farmers are on the road barefoot and bare stomach demanding their rights from the government. Farmers will skip a meal protesting against the three agriculture laws, recently passed by Parliament today.

Kisan Diwas is celebrated with great enthusiasm to remember the birth anniversary of Chaudhary Charan Singh, the 5th Prime Minister of India who was born on 23 December 1902 in Hapur. He made every possible effort to improve the lives of the farmers of the country and due to his efforts, many agricultural bills were passed.

For any country, agriculture is its backbone, not only in words but also in reality. This is why Farmers Day is celebrated every year on 23rd December across the nation with great zeal and fervor.

As per recent reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address some farmers virtually on December 25, which will coincide with the 30th day of the ongoing protest DilliChalo by the farmers, started from November 26.  A decision on the next round of talks with the Centre is likely as the Centre has already invited them and now it’s on the protesters to fix a date. 

As per recent reports, about 32 farmer union leaders will meet on Wednesday to decide the next course of action — pertaining to further talks with the government. The Union agriculture minister on Sunday wrote a letter to the leaders and asked them to fix a convenient date for the next round of talks. The leaders met on Tuesday but the date will be finalised today.

On the occasion of Kisan Diwas 2020, which is observed on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, farmers are all set to intensify their protests. Farmers will skip lunch as a symbolic protest to the three farm laws. The Congress will hold a state wide protest across Uttar Pradesh.

The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and its associate unions said they will observe December 23 as “Skip Lunch” day to express solidarity with the farmers.

On the other hand, union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Tuesday met a few farmers’ groups from Delhi and Haryana who are supporting the news laws.

Farmers camping at UP Gate on Delhi-Ghaziabad border on Tuesday blocked all 14 lanes of the National Highway 9 for eight hours.Farmers will halt toll collection in Haryana from December 25 to 27. They have also decided to band plates during PM Modi’s Mann kiBaat on December 27.

Kerala state government called a special assembly session on Wednesday to discuss and pass a resolution against the farm laws. But governor Arif Mohammed Khan did not give approval for the session. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said it was “regrettable”.

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