Eastern Times, New Delhi: The agitating farmers’ organisations protesting against the new farm laws have agreed to sit in a meeting on December 29 with the Centre where withdrawal of the three agricultural laws would be the main topic of discussion between the two bodies. All the protesting farmers’ organisations have reached a consensus on this issue.
The joint forum of farmers said it would send a letter to the government specifying four agendas that they demand.
A meeting between various farmers’ unions was held on the Delhi-Haryana Singhu border shortly after 3pm on Saturday whereby the farmers talked in detail with the government and the next course of action of the movement. Later, Rakesh Tikayet and Yogendra Yadav informed on behalf of the joint forum at a press conference that they would like to propose a written discussion to the central government on Tuesday (December 29).
However, on behalf of the farmers’ organisations, Rakesh Tikayet and Yogendra Yadav said that the government has not set any agenda for talks. Therefore, they had specified four agendas to the government in writing that should be kept as the main topics of discussion.
First, repeal of three agricultural laws
Second, legal recognition of the minimum support price of crops across the country
Third, farmers have to be excluded from the “Commission Ordinance for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Surrounding Areas” and that they cannot be penalised
Four, the Electricity Bill-2020 Act has to be scrapped
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out on the farmers’ protests in Delhi on Friday saying that the opposition was spreading lies and that the farmers are being misled by the opposition parties.
Meanwhile, appealing the farmers on Friday, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh appealed, “Try to make the agricultural laws effective for at least one or two years.
If it is seen that the law is against the interests of the farmers, then the central government will have a discussion on it. But first let the law be enforced”.
Despite Centre’s constant talks, the farmers have remained steadfast in their decision.
They need no amendments, but only repeal of the new agricultural laws. Although the farmers are hopeful about Tuesday’s meeting, there are still doubts as to whether they will actually arrive at any concrete solution.
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