Tomar’s appeal to farmers’ organizations to end the protest, said the government is ready for talks
The government and the farmers’ unions did not reach an agreement in 11 rounds of talks. The last meeting was held on January 22. After the violent tractor rally of the farmers on 26 January, no talks started.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been staging a sit-in on the borders of Delhi for seven months by putting up banners of organizations. Farmers believe that the new laws will end the system of purchasing crops in the agricultural market.
The Supreme Court has stayed the implementation of the three laws till further orders and has constituted a committee to find a solution. The committee has submitted its report.
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 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 the MSP.
The farmers’ protest began on November 26 last year and has now completed seven months despite the coronavirus pandemic. Three Union ministers, including Tomar and Food Minister Piyush Goyal, held 11 rounds of talks with the protesting farmers’ unions.
In the last meeting held on January 22, the government’s talks with 41 farmer groups led to a deadlock as farmers’ organizations outrightly rejected the Centre’s proposal to keep the laws suspended.
The central government, during the 10th round of talks held on January 20, had offered to suspend the laws for one-and-a-half years and form a joint committee to find a solution, in return for which the government was expected to protest. The farmers should return to their homes from the borders of Delhi.
These laws—Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Price Assurance and Agreement on Agricultural Services to Farmers (Empowerment and Assistance) Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020 – were passed by Parliament in September last year. was passed.
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. Bhartiya Kisan Sangh president Bhupinder Singh Mann distanced himself from the committee.
Shetkari Sangathan (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat and agricultural economists Pramod Kumar Joshi and Ashok Gulati are the rest of the committee members. They have completed the consultation process with the stakeholders and submitted the report.
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