United Kisan Morcha calls for Bharat Bandh on 16th February

By: Merikheti
Published on: 15-Feb-2024

United Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for a Bharat Bandh on 16 February amid the farmers' Delhi Chalo march. SKM has requested other farmer organizations and farmers to join this Bharat Bandh. The Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and other trade unions will continue from 6 am to 4 pm on February 16.

Let us tell you that the Delhi Chalo March of farmers started from Tuesday and violent clashes have been seen between the protesting farmers and security forces. There is also news of many soldiers being injured in the clash.

Till what time will India remain closed?

The Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and other trade unions will continue from 6 am to 4 pm on February 16. Apart from this, farmers nationwide will block the main roads from 12 noon to 4 pm. During this time, especially in Punjab, most state and national highways will be completely closed for four hours on Friday.

Also read: Section 144 imposed on Delhi border on farmers' call for 'Delhi Chalo March' on 13th February

What are the demands of the farmers?

In fact, the demands for which the farmers are calling for Bharat Bandh include pension for farmers, MSP for crops, implementation of the old pension scheme, and withdrawal of amendments in labor laws, among other demands. For this reason, Bharat Bandh has been called. At the same time, not privatizing PSUs, not contracting the workforce, guaranteeing employment, etc. are included in the farmers' demands.

Which services will be affected during Bharat Bandh?

During Bharat Bandh, transport, agricultural activities, MNREGA rural works, private offices, shops and rural industrial and service sector institutions will remain closed. However, emergency services like operation of ambulances, marriages, medical shops, students going to appear for board exams etc. will not be stopped during the strike.