India’s newspaper trust reported on January 26 that India held a military parade in the capital New Delhi on the 26th to celebrate Republic Day.
On that day, a large number of Indian farmers drove tractors or walked to participate in the march to protest against India’s new agricultural reform bill.
The government has asked telecom service providers to cut off internet services in several areas of Delhi, according to the Ministry of Telecommunications.
“The government has invoked the 2017 temporary suspension of telecommunications services (public emergency or public safety) rules to suspend internet services in areas close to where farmers protested,” one source said.
Overseas Network previously quoted the Hindustan Times that in September this year, the Rajya Sabha (Upper House) passed the Agricultural Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020 and the 2020 Farmers (Authorization and Protection) Price Guarantee Agreement and Agricultural Services Bill.
According to the report, farmers in Punjab and Haryana, as well as opposition parties across the country, have been strongly opposed since the bill was submitted to the Wolesi Jirga.
Protesters fear that these bills will undermine the current “minimum support price” (MSP) system and put farmers at the mercy of large companies.
But the Indian government claims that the MSP system will remain unchanged, and the new bill will bring higher profits to farmers.