Agriculture Minister again appealed to the farmers to end the agitation, said – the government is ready for talks
Yudhveer Singh, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union said, “The government does not talk about the minimum support price. The government always talks about amending laws. However, we want these laws to be repealed. We also want that a law should be brought on MSP.” Terming Tomar’s recent statements as shocking and contradictory, the farmers’ organization said that the farmer leaders are not demanding meaningless amendments in the central agricultural laws. He said that people should punish the BJP.
Security was tightened in the national capital and other cities after the SKM announced the submission of memorandums addressed to the President to the governors of several states. Hundreds of farmers from remote villages of Uttar Pradesh reached Ghazipur on the Delhi border. Many of them were on tractors. A group of protesting farmers, led by Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait, submitted a memorandum of their demands to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, North East Delhi, after an online conversation with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. BKU’s media in-charge Dharmendra Malik said that the farmers canceled their proposed march to Delhi.
“The memorandum includes our demands for the withdrawal of three new agricultural laws and enactment of a law to guarantee the Minimum Support Price (MSP),” he told PTI. Farmers from several parts of Haryana’s state. They gathered at Gurdwara Nada Sahib in Panchkula and crossed the barricades and proceeded towards Haryana Raj Bhawan. But they were stopped at the Chandigarh-Panchkula border. SKM said in a statement, “What was the need to stop the protesters. It was only a matter of handing over the memorandum to the Governor and not allowing it also shows an undeclared emergency.
The police fired water cannons to stop the protesting farmers coming from Punjab, especially from Mohali, but the farmers managed to cross the barricade and enter Chandigarh. Farmers from many parts of Punjab gathered at Gurdwara Amb Sahib in Mohali and proceeded towards the residence of the Governor of Punjab. To end the impasse over the laws, 11 rounds of talks have been held between the government and farmer organizations so far. The last conversation took place on 22 January. After this, talks could not be resumed after violence broke out during the tractor rally of protesting farmers in Delhi on 26 January. Tomar tweeted, “I want to tell through you (media) that farmers should end their agitation…. Many people across the country are in favor of these new laws. Still, some farmers have some problem with the provisions of the laws, Government of India is ready to listen and discuss with them.
He said that the government held 11 rounds of talks with the protesting farmers’ unions. The government has increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and is procuring more quantity at MSP. The farmers’ protest started on November 26 last year and now their agitation has completed seven months despite the coronavirus pandemic. Three Union ministers, including Tomar and Food Minister Piyush Goyal, interacted with the protesting farmers’ unions. Addressing the protesters in Mohali, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal alleged that the central government wants to hand over agriculture to the corporate houses. Raising slogans against the BJP-led central government and carrying union flags, farmers rode on tractors and marched towards Chandigarh on foot. Police stopped them near Sector 17 where some buses were parked on the road to prevent them from moving towards Punjab Raj Bhavan. Women and youths were also among the protesters. Rajewal submitted the memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh.
“In the memorandum, President Ram Nath Kovind has been requested to direct the central government to immediately accept the legitimate demands of the farmers’ agitation, withdraw the three anti-farmer laws and implement the law guaranteeing MSP,” the Morcha said in a statement. On behalf of Haryana, Haryana BKU (Chadhuni) leader Gurnam Singh Chadhuni and Morcha member Yogendra Yadav submitted a memorandum to another officer. Lakha Sidhana, an accused in the case of alleged involvement in the incident of violence at the Red Fort on Republic Day, also participated in the protest. A Delhi court had on Saturday granted interim protection from arrest to Sidhana. He had applied for anticipatory bail in Delhi’s Tis Hazari court, which will be heard on July 3. The Morcha said, “Save Agriculture, Save Democracy Day is being celebrated in India on Saturday to mark the completion of seven months of farmers’ protest and 46 years after the Emergency was imposed in the country in 1975.” ‘
The government is repeatedly telling the farmers that it is ready to amend the provisions of the laws. During the 10th round of talks held on January 20, the central government decided to keep these laws suspended for one-and-a-half years and find a solution. A joint committee was offered, in return for which the government expected the protesting farmers to return to their homes from the borders of Delhi. Among these laws are the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Price Assurance and Farmers’ Agreement on Agricultural Services (Empowerment and Assistance) Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 which were passed by Parliament in September last year. was passed by.
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Farmer groups have alleged that these laws will put an end to the Mandi and MSP procurement system and leave farmers at the mercy of big business houses. The government has dismissed these apprehensions as false. On January 11, the Supreme Court had stayed the implementation of the three laws until further orders and appointed a four-member committee to resolve the impasse.
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