The farmers' unions had announced a countrywide 'chakka jam' on February 6 when they would block national and state highways for three hours in protest against the Internet ban in areas near their agitation sites and harassment allegedly to them by authorities, and other issues. They will block the roads between 12 pm to 3 pm on that day.
They also alleged that farmers have been 'ignored' in the Union Budget 2021-22, and water and power supply have been curtailed, and mobile toilet blocks being removed, at their protest venues. The Samkyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) had alleged that the Twitter accounts of Kisan Ekta Morcha and a user named 'Tractor2Twitter' have been restricted. Along with twitter account restriction they also claimed that the Union government has 'reduced the allocation to agriculture sector' in this budget.
The farmers' alleged that the Union government has 'reduced the allocation to agriculture sector' in this year's budget. And, even percentage of allocation has gone down from '5.1 pc last fiscal to 4.3 pc this year'.
Asserting that the government is committed towards farmers'' welfare, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had proposed 10 per cent hike in the farm loan disbursal target to Rs 16.5 lakh crore, and introduced an agri infra and development cess of up to 100 per cent to create post-harvest infrastructure for improving farmers' income. The minister also proposed higher allocation for Rural Infrastructure Development Fund and Micro Irrigation Fund, and extended Agriculture Infrastructure Fund to APMCs for augmenting infrastructure facilities.
In an another twist, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut today morning had said that he will visit farmers who are agitating in Delhi against the three farm laws introduced recently. The Shiv Sena has been supporting the farmers who are agitating at Delhi's border points for over two months against the Centre's three new farm laws. Sanjay Raut after announcing left for Delhi with Anil Desai, Arvind Sawant, Vinayak Raut, Prataprao Jadhav, and Krupal Tumane. He met farmer leader Rakesh Tikait at the Ghazipur border and extended the Maharashtra government's support to the farmers' protest.
The police has increase security at the Ghazipur border between Delhi and Uttar Pradesh - the new focal point of the farmers' agitation. A train carrying hundreds of farmers from Bathinda to Delhi was short terminated at Rohtak while two others were diverted. The Delhi Police has put up multi-layer barricades, spikes on roads, concertina wires and also parked buses sealing the main entry points to prevent the movement of protesters agitating against the Centre's farm laws. In Singhu border, workers under the watch of police personnel had hooked iron rods between two rows of cement barriers on a flank of the main highway to put up a makeshift wall, to further restrict the movement of protesters. The police have also closed all the four borders for commuters which led to traffic surge up across Delhi. A Massive traffic jams were reported from the eastern, southern and central parts of Delhi which were worsened by the closure of the Ghazipur-Ghaziabad border, Delhi-Meerut expressway, NH-9, and NH-24.