Farmers’ organizations across India are staging a protest against the farm law passed by the government. Many Pollywood celebrities have come forward and showed their support to them.
What is this protest all about?
Farmers are apprehensive about getting Minimum Support Price for their produce. Other concerns include the upper hand of agri-businesses and big retailers in negotiations, thus putting farmers at a disadvantage. The benefits for small farmers from companies are likely to reduce the engagement of sponsors with them. The farmers also fear that the companies may dictate the prices of the commodities.
Many actors and singers like Harbhajan Mann, Ammy Virk have even participated in the bandhs organized in the past few days. Pollywood celebrities even slammed the media for not giving much coverage to a national issue. They are posting on their social handles a picture showing wheat and weed. They are calling it as shame.
Recently, the Bollywood industry is very much in limelight due to the ongoing drug scandal. Many A-lister actors have been questioned by the NCB. Pollywood’s Celebrities are complaining that the media is not concerned about the plight of the farmers who are the backbone of our economy.
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Prominent among them who took part in the protest also included Kanwar Grewal, Ranjit Bawa, and Resham Singh Anmol. They exhorted people to join hands in farmers’ fight against the farm laws.
“The time has come for artists and the youth to come together against the government to force it to withdraw the farm laws. Every section of the society is with farmers,” said Bawa.
Actor and singer Ammy Virk said,
“Farmers are not going to benefit from these laws. ” He claimed that with these laws, the minimum support price system would come to an end. They also accused the Centre of Government of not consulting farmers before drafting these legislations. They further claimed that big corporates would “exploit” farmers.
Protesters were carrying black flags as a mark of protest against these Bills. President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday gave assent to the three contentious bills — the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
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