New Delhi: In a bid to intensify their protest against the three contentious agriculture related laws, farmers on Monday announced that a three-hour long chakka jam will be carried out across the nation on February 3. The development was announced in a press briefing on Monday evening following a meeting among farmers' union.
The farmers' leaders told a press conference at the Singhu Border that they will block the roads between 12 pm to 3 pm on February 6, reported Press Trust of India.
According to the report, the three-hour protest has come in the light of various issues including internet suspension along the border of Haryana, alleged harassment of young farmers by authorities and power cut among others.
Balbir Singh Rajewal, farmer leader of Sanyukta Kisan Morcha, told the press that the meeting was centred around the recent issues faced by the farmers such as no trace of farmers whose tractors were seized during the Republic Day protests, attack on protesting farmers at Tikri and Singhu borders, barricading roads around and others.
"We want to protest against all these atrocities and so will do a three-hour chakka jam on February 6 across the nation, he said.
The farmers have also alleged that the Union Budget for the financial year 2021-2022 has been rather unfair to them. Talking about the same, Mr Rajewal said, "Government has also reduced allocation for the agriculture sector in the budget and we will be protesting against that as well."
The Umbrella Body of farmers also expressed disappointment alleging that the Twitter accounts of their supporter, including a user named 'Tractor2Twitter' have been restricted on the "request of government authorities".
Meanwhile, Swaraj Abhiyan leader, Yogendra Yadav said that people had hoped that the Centre would make amends for farmers in the Union Budget as it comes amid their agitation. However, the government has instead reduced allocation from 5.1 per cent last year to 4.3 per cent this year.