1,500 farm union representatives to come together at national convention
Over 1,500 representatives of farm unions from across the country will come together to discuss future strategies for the ongoing farmers' protest
Over 1,500 representatives of farm unions from across the country will come together to discuss future strategies for the ongoing farmers' protest during the national convention on August 26 and 27, farmer leaders said.
The convention at the Singhu border is being held to mark the completion of nine months of farmers' agitation against the three contentious farm laws.
He added that the convention was aimed at bringing together farmers from across the country, so that everybody could be part of the decision-making on how the protest was to be taken forward.
According to a statement by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the convention will be aimed at "intensification and expansion of an all India movement against the three black laws and legal guarantee of MSP of all crops".
"The convention shall discuss a resolution on all issues of the farmers movement --repeal of all three pro-corporate farm laws, legal guarantee for MSP of all crops, repeal of Electricity Bill, 2021, no prosecution of farmers under the 'Commission of AQ Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas Bill 2021'," the statement said.
The two-day event will see five sessions -- three on Thursday and two on Friday -- that will attempt to address the challenges faced by industrial workers, agriculture labour, rural poor and tribal people.
Sessions revolving around women, students, youth and other sections of working people will also be part of the convention, the statement said. Delegates representative of organisations that work for the welfare of these sections will also be participating in the convention.
One of the major topics that will be up for discussion will be the farmers' upcoming 'mahapanchayat' in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar, Kohar said.
"Our next strategy is the Muzaffarnagar 'mahapanchayat' on September 5 which will also be discussed at the convention. Preparations for the 'mahapanchayat' are in full swing. I know that at least 5,000 vehicles will be travelling to Muzaffarnagar," he said.
On August 26, the farmers' protest against the three contentious laws will complete nine months since they first arrived at the Delhi borders. The farmers have been demanding the repeal of the laws which they are afraid will do away with the MSP system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.
Over 10 rounds of talks with the government that has been projecting the laws as major agricultural reforms have failed to break the deadlock between the two parties.
While the Singhu border will be the central point of the national convention, gatherings will be organised in different parts of the country parallelly.
In Chandigarh, farmer leader Paramjit Singh said about 2,000-2,5000 people are expected to come together to discuss the "issues that have been impacting farmers as well as the common man".
He added that the farmers have ensured that their protests are peaceful and do not cause any inconvenience to people.
"Farmers have been very straightforward about their demands from the beginning. It is the government that is being stubborn," Singh said.
According to the farmers leaders, the visiting representatives from around 20 states, including Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu, will be provided accommodation at the Singhu border itself.
The convention will also see discussions on supporting resolutions on other problems agitating the people, including three labour codes, MNREGA, steep price rise of fuel and fertilizers, attack on women, privatisation of education, displacement of adivasis, attack on business of small shopkeepers, and land acquisition and land rights, the SKM statement said.