Khalsa Aid is a UK-based international Sikh charity organization; they have extended their support to the farmers who are agitating against the two agriculture reform bills that have been passed in the monsoon session of the parliament even when the opposition party leaders opposed the bill. From last some days, when the protests commenced across the state, volunteers of the charity trust were observed distributing food and water to the protesters.
According to the NGO, they have also arranged a makeshift kitchen which is cooking and providing meals for over 15,000 protesters. Khalsa Aid also revealed that its members have been serving Langar to the farmers in locations like Mansa, Jalandhar, Barnala, and Shamb. One of the volunteers said, “While farm unions have refused the help, we are still here to show our solidarity with them.”
On September 25, Friday, the protesting farmers had blocked roads, including highways, to create pressure on the Centre for the withdrawal and scrapping of the two farm bills, which have not yet received assent from the President. The call for Bandh in Punjab has managed to garner support from government employees’ unions, singers, commission agents, laborers, and social activists.
Popular Punjabi singers, like Harbhajan Mann and Ranjit Bawa, were seen participating in a farmers’ protest in Nabha. 31 farmers’ organizations came together for a complete shutdown of the state. Farmers at many places in the cities gathered on roads to block the traffic on the streets. Women protesters under the banner of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee held a protest march in Amritsar.