Section 144 imposed at Delhi borders ahead of farmers 'Delhi Chalo' protest on Feb 13

Farmers are demanding a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP), one of the conditions they had set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws in 2021.

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The Samyukta Kisan Morcha and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha have declared a massive 'Delhi Chalo' march on February 13. This protest will involve around 200 farmers' unions. Ahead of the demonstration, Section 144 has been enforced in Panchkula in order to maintain law and order.

Purpose of Delhi Chalo march

The purpose is to intensify pressure on the central government to meet various demands, including the enactment of a law guaranteeing a minimum support price for crops. 

Security arrangements at Punjab-Haryana borders

Safety arrangements are being made to seal the Punjab-Haryana borders in Ambala, Jind and Fatehabad districts ahead of farmers' proposed 'Delhi Chalo' march on February 13 to press the Centre to accept their various demands. The Haryana Police on Saturday issued a traffic advisory and urged commuters to limit travel on the main roads of the state to urgent situations on February 13, anticipating potential traffic disruptions on major routes from Haryana to Punjab. 

Internet ban on these districts

The Haryana government also ordered the suspension of mobile internet services and bulk SMS in seven districts-Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa ahead of farmers' proposed march to Delhi. 

Why are farmers protesting?

Farmers are demanding a law guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP), one of the conditions they had set when they agreed to withdraw their agitation against the now-repealed farm laws in 2021. They are also demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Commission's recommendations, pensions for farmers and farm labourers, farm debt waiver, withdrawal of police cases and justice for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.