New Delhi: For the last 34 days, agitating farmers protesting against the agricultural legal guidelines of the central government have been demanding the withdrawal of the law. As soon as there will be a dialogue between the farmer and the government once again.
Today is the seventh meeting between the Center and the agitating farmer organizations on Wednesday. However, the protesting farmer organizations said that the discussion would only be on the modalities to repeal the 3 agri-legal guidelines and to submit authorized assurances of minimum support price. Let me tell you that earlier, six rounds of talks have been held between the government and the farmer’s organizations and they have all failed. On the other hand, farmers are sitting on dharna in the bitter cold on the Singhu border, Tikari border, and Ghazipur border. So let us know some special things related to the farmer movement.
Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah a day before the sixth round of talks between the Center and the farmers. According to sources, the ministers discussed in this meeting the government’s stand in the talks with farmers on Wednesday.
Agriculture Minister Tomar, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Goyal, and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash have been representing the Center in talks with farmers. Tomar said on Monday that he expected the deadlock to be resolved soon.
The Center on Monday invited 40 agrarian organizations agitating for the next round of talks on December 30 to find a logical solution to all relevant issues. But the United Kisan Morcha, representing farmer unions, in a letter to the Center on Tuesday, said that the issue of repeal of three agricultural laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) should be part of the agenda needed.
The Morcha further said that the agenda of the meeting should include amendments to the ordinance issued in relation to the Air Quality Management Commission in NCR and adjoining areas to keep farmers out of punitive provisions. Through the letter, the Morcha has formally accepted the government’s invitation for talks.
The letter also said that the issue of withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 should also be included in the negotiation agenda to protect the interests of farmers. Of the five rounds held so far, the last round was held on December 5. The sixth round of talks was to be held on December 9, but was canceled earlier when there was no success in an informal meeting between Home Minister Shah and some leaders of farmers’ organizations.
Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Aggarwal, in a letter to the farmers’ organizations on Monday, invited him to speak at the Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital at 2 pm on Wednesday. The farmers had earlier written a letter to the government regarding the agenda list of talks on 26 December. In a recent letter, the Morcha quoted the December 26 letter as saying that it had mistakenly referred to a ‘change’ in the Electricity Amendment Bill instead of ‘withdrawal’.
Meanwhile, farmer organizations protesting against central agricultural laws have postponed their proposed tractor till March Thursday in view of talks with the government on Wednesday. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, and some other parts of the country have been protesting near Delhi for the last 31 days at the Singhu border, Tikri Border, and Ghazipur border. They demand that all three agricultural laws are repealed and the minimum support price (MSP) be given a legal guarantee.
Meanwhile, Congress said that instead of giving verbal assurances to the government, the law should be fulfilled by making laws through Parliament. Senior party leader Rajiv Shukla also alleged that bringing all three agricultural laws is a conspiracy to abolish the Minimum Support Price (MSP). Shukla told reporters, “It is wrong to describe the farmers’ movement as the movement of political parties. This is an attempt to discredit the farmers. This movement is purely a farmers’ movement. The government should not attempt to discredit farmers. “