Farmer leaders issued a call for Bharat Bandh on December 8 in protest against the central government’s three new farm laws. This is to exert pressure on the Centre to withdraw the new farm laws that have sparked a massive farmers’ agitation. A delegation of farmers’ representatives is slated to meet Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar at Vigyan Bhawan on Saturday (December 5) to discuss their demands. Congress, TRS, DMK, AAP, Trinamool Congress, NCP, RJD, and Left parties have voiced their support for the Bharat Bandh on December 8.
A joint platform of ten central trade unions has also offered support to the farmers ‘Bharat Bandh call. The joint forum is of ten central trade unions — Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Co-ordination Centre (TUCC), Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), Labour Progressive Federation (LPF) and United Trade Union Congress (UTUC).
Milk, vegetable supply: Farmer leaders have said that milk and vegetable supply will be affected on December 8. So, people should buy the essentials a day before.
Transportation: All modes of transportation are likely to take a hit. These include all road services, especially those along the borders.
Weddings: Weddings taking place in December will face no issues, farmer leaders have said.
Emergency: Emergency and ambulance, hospital services will continue to function.
Bank services: Bank services are likely to be affected on Tuesday, December 8. A number of bank unions have offered their support to the farmers. In a statement, the All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA) said that the government should come forward and resolve their demands in the interest of the nation and farmers. Officer unions All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Officers’ Association (AIBOA), and Indian National Bank Officers’ Congress (INBOC) have requested the government to initiate meaningful dialogue to resolve the impasse by referring the bills to a select committee by a special Presidential Order.