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Odishatv Bureau

The bus services of the Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) will remain suspended from 6 AM to 3 PM on Monday in the wake of nationwide strike called by farmer organizations against the Centre's three contentious new agriculture laws.

Trade and bank unions along with several non-NDA parties including Congress have backed the strike called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), the umbrella body of over 40 farm unions, from 6 AM to 4 PM on Monday.


"Keeping in view the Bharat Bandh, OSRTC buses will not ply on 27/9/21 from 6.00 AM to 3.00 PM," the Odisha Transport Authority tweeted on Sunday.

Farmers from different parts of the country, especially Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi's borders since last November, demanding the repeal of the farm laws over fears that it would do away with the minimum support price, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.

The three laws -- Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act -- were passed by Parliament in September last year. President Ram Nath Kovind had also given assent to the three farm bills.

The government has been projecting the three laws as major agricultural reforms.

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