Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has moved the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday seeking the intervention of the state governments to stop the acts of vandalism at its properties in the two states.
Notably, the development comes after reports of vandalism at Reliance’s telecom assets in the two states allegedly by farmers over the company’s perceived role in the framing of the three farm laws that the Centre is hell-bent to introduce. The miscreants indulging in vandalism have been instigated and aided by vested interests and its business rivals, the company said.
Nothing to do with farm laws, says RIL
RIL, in a statement, said that it has nothing to do with the three farm laws currently being debated in the country and in no way benefits from them. The company said it has not done any contract or corporate farming in the past and has no plans to do so. It also contended that the company has not purchased any agricultural land directly or indirectly in India for the purpose of corporate or contract farming.
It has never entered into long-term procurement contracts to gain unfair advantage over farmers or sought that its suppliers buy from farmers at less than remunerative prices, nor will it ever do so. Instead, the company said, “We shall insist on our suppliers to strictly abide by the minimum support price (MSP) mechanism, and/or any other mechanism for remunerative price for farm produce, as may be determined and implemented by the government.
Reports have suggested angry farmers have vandalised over 1,500 Reliance Jio towers over the past weeks as the protests against Centre’s farm reform laws intensified. Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh had appealed to the farmers to not indulge in vandalism, but failed to bring any results.
On December 25, the number of mobile towers destroyed was 700, within three days this number rose to 1,504. There are a total of 9,000 towers in the state of Punjab.
Some bundles of Jio’s fibre cable were burnt in Jalandhar while videos of Jio employees being threatened and made to flee have been widely circulated on social media.
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