The fourth round of meeting held at Vigyan Bhawan on Thursday to resolve the peasant movement could not reach any concrete result, but the government’s stance on the demands has softened already. Considering the attitude of the farmers regarding the three laws, the central government has gone ahead in the direction of finding a middle path, considering many topics. The law will not take back the government, but in view of the insistence of the farmers, there is a readiness to take new measures on some aspects.
In order to remove the apprehensions arising out of the mandis with the new law, the government is thinking of taking initiative to register traders. After a long meeting in a positive atmosphere on Thursday, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar says that the December 5 meeting is going to be decisive. On the other hand, the farmer leaders have clearly stated that they do not want a middle ground, instead they will continue the movement till the withdrawal of all three laws.
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In the presence of Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash on Thursday, the fourth round with representatives of farmers’ organizations at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 12:30 pm The conversation started. This meeting lasted for about seven hours. At the request of the government, in this meeting, all the farmer representatives had written their objections to the three laws, which made the point-to-point negotiations easier.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar told the farmer leaders, ‘The government is discussing with an open mind. You should remove from your mind that the government has some kind of ego about the farmers. The government stands with the peasant brothers. Only through talks can positive results be revealed. The three ministers asked the representatives of all the farmers’ organizations the first questions arising in the mind of the law. Almost all the peasant representatives demanded the removal of the three agricultural laws made in September and the repeal of the penalty law for pollution. The farmers also expressed displeasure over the forthcoming Electricity Amendment Act.
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Farmer leaders expressed apprehensions about the abolition of the mandis and the MSP, to which Agriculture Minister Tomar assured the government to consider all their demands. He said that the minimum support price (MSP) will continue as before. The government will consider that the MPMC should be empowered and increase its use. In the new agricultural law, due to the provision of private mandis outside the periphery of APMC, equality of tax in these two will also be considered. There will also be a consideration about the registration of the trader to trade agricultural produce outside the mandis. The SDM or the court, what the system should be, will be considered to resolve the dispute.
Farmers also expressed apprehensions about contract farming. On this, the Agriculture Minister said that the written agreement of the farmer’s land cannot be done under any circumstances, yet if there is any doubt then the government is ready to redress it. Now in the meeting to be held from 2 pm on December 5, the points raised by the farmers organizations will be discussed again. Agriculture Minister Narendra expects this meeting to be decisive.