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Here’s all you need to know about the ‘Bharat Bandh’ set to be held on December 8th

With the farmer unions' call for 'Bharat Bandh' on December 8, services across the country are likely to take a hit.

The farmers’ protest is still in its aggravating state. The farmers protesting against the new farms bills have called for a nationwide strike or Bharat Bandh on 8th December. Services across various quarters are likely to take a hit. Several political parties including the Congress, AAP, DMK, Shiv Sena, Kamal Haasan’s MNM, TMC, and the TRS, have given heads-up in support of the nationwide shutdown.  The farmer unions, who continue to be at Delhi borders for 10 days, will continue their strike until their demands are full-fullied.

A joint platform of ten central trade unions has also offered support to the farmers ‘Bharat Bandh call. The joint forum is of ten central trade unions — Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).


As the protest is escalating day by day, the Delhi Police has issued some instructions with respect to the traffic arrangements.

If in case you are commuting in and from Delhi, follow Delhi Police Twitter Handle, they are tweeting traffic updates regularly.

Further, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that all AAP workers across the country will join the Bharat Bandh on 8th December and he also appealed to all the citizens to extend their support to the farmers. Actor Kamal Haasan’s Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) also extended their support to the protest by farmers.

Bank Unions have also conveyed their solidarity with the protesting farmers requested the Centre to resolve the issue at the earliest. Officer unions All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOA), and Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress (INBOC) have requested the government to initiate meaningful talks to resolve the conflict by referring the bills to a select committee by a special Presidential Order. This means that bank services are also likely to be affected on Tuesday, December 8.

As trade and taxi unions have already backed the strike, the supply of milk and vegetables could also be affected on Tuesday, December 8.

But, this Nationwide bandh on Tuesday won’t affect any emergency services like ambulances, hospital.

A total of 5 rounds of talks have been already taken place between farmers’ representatives and the government. The next meeting is scheduled for 9th December.

Farmer leaders have mentioned that weddings during the strike won’t be affected.

Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary reiterated that the three laws passed by the government are “in favor of farmers”, and they would not be repealed, though amendments could be made to them.

“These laws passed by the government will give freedom to farmers. We have always said farmers should have the right to sell their crops wherever they want. Even Swaminathan Commission’s report recommends that. I don’t think the laws should be repealed. If necessary, some amendments to the Acts will be made to acknowledge agitating farmer’s demands,” Choudhary was quoted as saying by ANI.

 

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