Cong solidarity with farmers in their fight for livelihood
NEW DELHI, Jan 22: The Congress working Committee on Friday announced three-phased demonstrations and conventions in support of the farmers in their decisive fight for lives and livelihood and adopted a resolution calling upon the Modi government to forthwith accept their only one demand to repeal the three objectionable farm laws.
The first phase of the Congress stir will be demonstrations at the block level across the country before February 10, followed by protests and conventions at district headquarters before February 20, culminating into the massive state level conventions in all state capitals on February 28, AICC general secretary K C Venugopal told a Press conference here after a virtual CWC meeting of over three hours through video conferencing. Its resolution says these laws impinge upon the Constitutional rights of the States and constitue the first step in dismantling the three pillars of the edifice of the farm security built up over the past decades -- MSP, Public Procurement and Public Distribution System (PDS).
It asserts that these agrarian laws did not pass the tesst of Parliamentary scrutiny as they were bulldozed by muzzling the voice of the Opposition, particularly in the Rajya Sabha where they were passed by a voice vote in an unprecedented fashion just because the government had no requisite majority on the floor to get them passed.
The resolution also slammed the government for continuing to side-step, malign, deceive and hoodwink the farmers by attempting to tire out the farmers, intimidate them and divide them. "Let the BJP government understand one unequivocal truth -- India's farmers shall neither bow down, nor will be cowed down.
In another resolution, the CWC appealed to the people to come forward, without any hesitation, to vaccinate them. Expressing its concern over the lack of clarity about availability of the Corona vaccine for India's population and no timeline laid out by the government for vaccination beyond the first 3 crore people.
It also expressed its dismay over reports of the vaccine being sold in open market at Rs 2,000 for two dossages per head and asked the government to explicitly and publicly declare a clear policy in this regard. It wanted a free-of-cost vaccine provided to India's under-privileged, disadvantaged and marginalised sections, particularly the Scheduled Castes, the Scheduled Tribes, other backward classes (OBCs) and the poor.