On Tuesday, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued notifications to the Centre and the governments of Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan in response to concerns that the current farmers’ demonstrations had negatively impacted industry and commuters. “There have been claims of a negative impact on industrial units, affecting over 9000 micro, medium, and big businesses.”
Transportation is allegedly harmed as well, causing commuters, patients, physically challenged persons, and older citizens to suffer due to high traffic congestion on the roadways “In the notification, the NHRC claimed. It also noted that individuals have to drive great distances to reach their destinations due to continuous farmer agitation and border roadblocks.
The commission must address a variety of human rights concerns,” it noted in the letter, which also requested action taken reports from the respective state governments’ chief secretaries, director generals of police, and commissioners of police.
Farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and Rajasthan have been protesting the three national legislation that opened the agriculture industry to private companies since November last year.
Farmers are outraged, claiming that the regulations, which take into effect in September 2020, would undermine a long-standing system that guarantees farmers a minimum fixed price for their goods, while the government claims that this will help producers receive higher prices.
The Union administration has held numerous rounds of negotiations over the months, but they have failed to find a solution to the deadlock, as farmers remain steadfast in their demands for total repeal of legislation.
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The NHRC has also requested that the Institute of Economic Growth investigate the negative effects of the farmers’ agitation on industrial and commercial activities, production, and transportation service disruptions on commercial and ordinary consumers, including inconvenience and additional expenditure.
The report must be submitted by October 10th, according to the institution. It has also asked Delhi University’s Delhi School of Social Work to undertake a study and analyse the impact of the movement on people’s livelihoods and lives.