Hyderabad: In solidarity with the farmers protesting the farm Bills, Telangana bank employees have extended their support to the 8 December Bharat Bandh. They have demanded that the government come to an amicable understanding with the farmers and sort out the problems in the interest of the nation.

"The bank employees extend their wholehearted support and solidarity to the Bharat Bandh called by the farmers' unions on 8 December demanding the repeal of three anti-farmers and anti-agricultural laws," said P. Venkataramaiah, the general secretary of the Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), Telangana unit.

A joint front of protesting farmers groups, on Friday, rejected the Centre's proposals to amend the three contentious agriculture laws and called for a Bharat Bandh on 8 December.

Mr. Venkataramaiah said, "No farmer, no food and no food security for the people of the country. Every year, thousands of farmers across the country commit suicide due to growing debts because of the increasing cost of agriculture and lack of remunerative prices for their produce. The government constituted the Dr. Swaminathan committee which submitted its recommendations more than 15 years ago. But those recommendations have not been implemented even till today. Instead, the government has promulgated three Acts stating that those reforms will benefit the farming community and develop the agricultural sector."

The general secretary of Telangana BEFI also said that many experts and leaders of farmers unions across the country feel these Acts along with the electricity amendment Act will be the death knell for agriculture and pave way for corporates to enter the agricultural sector.

On Sunday, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) president and Chief Minister, K. Chandrashekhar Rao, also extended his support to the Bharat Bandh. He said that the TRS rank and file would participate actively in the proposed bandh.

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