Delhi Airport issues passenger advisory amid Farmer Protest
Union ministers Piyush Goyal and Arjun Munda have initiated discussions with farmer leaders to address concerns about the 'Delhi Chalo' march, which aims to urge the government to implement a law on minimum support price for crops. The ministers, including Minister of Food and Consumer Affairs Piyush Goyal and Minister of Agriculture Arjun Munda, are preparing for the protest march to Delhi on February 13. Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora has announced the imposition of Section 144 throughout Delhi in anticipation of the farmers' scheduled protest march.
VIDEO | Here’s what farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said on farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' protest, called from February 13.
“It was decided before postponing the protest last time (2020-21) that this movement will be done again if required. Now that the farmers are going to protest… pic.twitter.com/KkV4QUmFXF — Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) February 12, 2024
Central intelligence agencies have alerted Punjab, UP, Haryana, and Delhi police regarding the mass movement of farmers. More than 25,000 farmers and around 5000 tractors will start their movement from various districts of Punjab and Haryana on Monday to reach Delhi on Tuesday. Tractors have been fitted with hydraulic tools to remove barricades and fire-resistant hard-shell trailers to fight tear gas shells. The horsepower of the machines is being doubled to ferry maximum protesters to the site.
In response, Haryana authorities have fortified the state's border with Punjab in Ambala, Jind, Fatehabad, and Kurukshetra using concrete blocks, iron nails, and barbed wire to thwart the farmers' planned 'Delhi Chalo' march. The Haryana government has also imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC in 15 districts, prohibiting gatherings of five or more people and banning demonstrations or marches with tractor-trolleys.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have declared that over 200 farm unions will head to Delhi on February 13, urging the Centre to address various demands, including a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
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