The ‘Samyukt Kisan Morcha’ (SKM) has called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 27th September 2021. The call for a nationwide shutdown has been made after a year-long constant protest by farmers across the country. The SKM has issued several guidelines for everyone wanting to be a part of the protest, it has guaranteed to the concerning authorities that the protest would be peaceful and the general public will not face any hindrance in daily activities.

Although the farmers have promised a peaceful demonstration like last year’s march into Delhi the story could be different this time as well. The shutdown will begin in at early morning hours of 27th September i.e., 6 am, and will remain in force till 4 pm. According to a statement issued, while the shutdown will be in place, Union and State government offices, markets, shops, factories, schools, colleges, and other educational institutions will not be allowed to operate. Public and private transport will not be allowed to commute on roads. No public functions will be permitted. Only emergency services, including ambulances and fire services, will be allowed to carry out their activities.

The farmer protests have reached a landmark of 300 days on Wednesday and show no signs of receding. The SKM, a collective organization of over 40 farmer unions, reported that the farmers have kept up their protest for over nine months now because the government has been ‘stubborn’ on not rescinding the disputed farm laws. It said lakhs of farmers are demonstrating at Delhi borders, not of their “own volition”.

The decision has gained the support of various communities and unions with the latest addition being the All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC). The confederation has urged the government to open the floor for discussion, once again, with the SKM to deliberate over their demands. AIBOC affiliates and state units will join in unanimity with the nationwide protest actions of the farmers on Monday, the union said in a statement.

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