As the farmers’ protests against the Centre’s new fam laws seized the national capital for over a month, the farmers are expecting a breakthrough as they are all set to sit for the sixth round of conversations with the Centre today. The Union Agriculture Ministry requested the leaders of farmers’ unions to sit at the negotiating table at Vigyan Bhawan at 2 pm today.
The four-point schedule for talks in their list involves modalities to repeal farm laws and a tool to bring a law for providing a legal guarantee on Minimum Support Price (MSP). The agitating farmers have a clear stand that they will leave the protesting sites once the laws are removed.
We have done 5 rounds of conversation with the government but nothing got off it because they are only talking about the benefits of farm laws, a farmer’ union leader told ANI adding, “We do not believe that the government wants to reach to some Decision in this meeting. We hope something useful comes out of this meeting today.”
A joint front of almost 40 farmer associations on Tuesday wrote to the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare admitting the Centre’s offer for dialogue on December 30.
UNION MINISTERS MEET AMIT SHAH TO DISCUSS GOVERNMENT’S STAND
On Tuesday, a day before the next round of discussions between the Centre and the farmers, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met senior BJP leader and Home Minister Amit Shah.
People who are close with the matter said they considered and finalized the government’s position for the Wednesday conference. Agriculture Minister Tomar, Railway Minister Goyal, and MoS Commerce and Industry Som Parkash have been representing the Centre in dialogues with the farmers.
It has been over a month now that thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and parts of Uttar Pradesh, are locating at Delhi’s borders seeking repeal of the three farm laws passed in September by the Centre. They have warned to intensify their stir in the coming days if their requirements are not fulfilled.
Farmers are protesting on the Delhi border against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.