Karnataka Bandh News: Farmers protest not successful- against amendments to APMC and Land Reform Acts
- India Vahini News / A S DSilva
September 28, 2020
Karnataka Bandh: Farmers' organizations in Karnataka called for a statewide bandh on Monday in protest against amendments to the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) and Land Reform Acts initiated by the Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa government. Several trade unions, pro-Kannada organizations, Congress, and JD (S) supported the Bharat Bandh. The Congress and the JD (S) had also opposed the Bills in the Assembly. Farmers' organizations said that a protest march has been planned against the 'anti-farmer' bills in the capital Bangalore from Town Hall to Mysore Bank Circle.
He said facilities for transporters, taxis, auto-rickshaws, and private buses carrying goods were likely to be unavailable as the drivers expressed solidarity for the protest. However, state-owned public transport, bus, and metro service will be common.
Police have said that extensive steps have been taken to avoid any untoward incident. City police commissioner Kamal Pant warned of strict action as per law on the violation, saying that we have not allowed anyone to protest and senior officers have been deployed to monitor things. We will not allow anyone to stop or stop forceful activities.
The CM said that I had called the leaders of farmer organizations and discussed with them the attitude of our government and the will of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is pro-farmer.
The Karnataka Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Bill and the Karnataka Land Reform (Second Amendment) Bill were passed in the Assembly on Saturday despite stiff opposition.
Amendments to the Land Reform Act liberalize ownership of agricultural land and the APMC amendment bill reduces the powers of local agricultural produce marketing committees (APMCs). It allows private individuals to start agricultural trade if they hold a Permanent Account Number (PAN).