Bharat Bandh Tomorrow

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of over 40 farm unions leading the farmers’ agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws, has called for nationwide strike — Bharat Bandh — on 27 September, the day their ongoing protest completes 10 months.

Many opposition parties have expressed their support to the bandh call given by the protesting farmers. While Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi has supported the bandh, Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Tejashwi Yadav has announced that he will participate in the nationwide strike.

All you need to know about Bharat Bandh

Bharat Bandh timings

The bandh will be held from six in the morning to four in the evening during which all government and private offices, educational and other institutions, shops, industries and commercial establishments as well as public events and functions will be closed throughout the country.

However, all emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, relief and rescue work and people attending to personal emergencies will be exempted. The bandh will be enforced in a voluntary and peaceful manner, the SKM has assured.

Bank officers’ union extends support to ‘Bharat Bandh’

The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AlBOC) has extended its support to the bandh on Monday. It has requested the government to have dialogue with the farmers on their demands and rescind the three laws at the centre of standoff.

The confederation said that its affiliates and state units will join in solidarity with the protest actions of the farmers all over the country on Monday. The union questioned the Centre’s plan of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 by citing the NSS Land and Livestock holdings of Households and Situation Assessment of Agricultural Households, 2018-19 report released earlier this month.

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