- The fifth round of talks between the central government and the farmers ended unabated.
- During the conversation, indicated a further step towards reconciliation with the farmers.
- Farmer leaders said that the government will approach the states and prepare a proposal
- The new proposal will be sent to the farmers on December 9, which the farmers will consider
The fifth round of negotiations between the farmers’ organizations and the central government opposing the new agricultural laws also came to an end. Now on 9 December, there will be a renegotiation between the representatives of the central government and the protesting farmers. On Saturday, the farmers bluntly told the Central Government that they do not have any scarcity of ration-water, so they will stand on the streets with their demands. He also said that he will not take the path of violence during the protest, but the struggle will continue till the demands are met.
‘Center will prepare proposal by contacting states’
Indeed, the government has taken another step in Saturday’s negotiations towards reconciliation with the farmers. The government has said that it will send a proposal to the farmers in consultation with the states. Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said that during the meeting, the central government said that it wants to contact the states on this issue as well.
Tikait said, “The MSP was also discussed, but we said that we have to discuss the laws as well and withdraw them.” Another farmer leader who was involved in the meeting told the media that the government will send a proposal for consideration of farmers on December 9.
The government has proposed another meeting on 9 December with representatives of the protesting farmers on Saturday. In the fifth round of negotiations, no solution was found as the representatives of the farmers involved were keeping a silent fast and were seeking a clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer to the demand to withdraw the agricultural laws.
Sources said that the government has proposed another phase of meeting on December 9 as it wants a concrete proposal to be made after more deliberation within the government. The Agriculture Ministry later tweeted that the fifth phase of talks had ended. Farmer leaders said that they want the law to be repealed completely. In the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the farmers leaders to send the elders, women and children back home from the protest sites.
Farmers asked point-wise answers from the government
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called senior cabinet colleagues to the residence on Saturday morning. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar were present in this meeting. After that, Saturday’s meeting at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi started at around 2.30 pm which went on till 7 pm During the meeting, representatives of farmers demanded the central government to give a pointwise reply to the previous meeting. The government agreed to this
Farmers also drank tea in Vigyan Bhavan, see what was there in the langar
Demand to withdraw all three laws
According to the news agency ANI, in the meeting, the farmers said that they want a solution / firm promise of this whole dispute. He said that he does not want to discuss further and also does not want to know what the government has decided on their demands. Earlier, Punjab Chief of Azad Kisan Sangharsh Samiti Harjinder Singh Tanda said in an interaction with ANI, ‘We want a complete rollback of the laws. If the government does not agree to our demand then we will continue to sit.
Farmers said- one year’s ration – water will not accompany
Representatives of farmer organizations clearly told the central government in the meeting that they are not going to back down from their demands. He said, ‘We have one year’s ration-water. We have been on the road for several days. If the government wants us to stay on the road then we have no problem. We will not choose the path of violence. The Intelligence Bureau will inform you what we are going to do at the demonstration site. We do not want corporate farming. The government will benefit from this law and not the farmer.
Union Agriculture Minister appeals to farmers
At the same time, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar talked to the farmers separately. He urged farmers to send home to the elders and children involved in the demonstration. The leaders of the farmers’ union have clearly told the ministers that they will wait for the final decision of the government. After this, the Agriculture Minister, Agriculture Secretary and other ministers are meeting in another room. Farmer leaders kept the option of yes or no.
On December 8, 10 trade unions support Bharat Bandh on behalf of farmers
Farmers’ Delhi march continues
Meanwhile, farmers from Punjab and adjoining states are continuing their journey of Delhi. On Saturday, farmers from Jalandhar came to Delhi in tractors, trolleys and other vehicles.
Yamuna Expressway detained farmers, trying to break barricade to come to Delhi
Diljit Dosanjh reached among protesting farmers
On the other hand, to increase the morale of the farmers, figures from different areas are also reaching the protest site. Actor Diljit Dosanjh encouraged the farmers by going to the Singhu border.
These 8 fears for farmers about the new agricultural law
1. Farmers believe that the law on agricultural markets and contract farming will give a boost to big companies. Companies will control agricultural purchases. Supply and prices of agricultural products will also be captured. There is also a possibility of monopoly on storage, cold storage, food processing and crop transportation. The new law will end the mandi system.
2. Amendments to the Essential Commodities Act will promote hoarding and black marketing. All the urban and rural poor will have to be left in the hands of big farmers and private food corporations.
3. Agri trade firms, processors, wholesalers, exporters and large retailers will try to run the market on their own. This will harm farmers.
4. Ownership of land would be jeopardized by contract farming law. This will spread the debt spill between the contract and the companies. Companies have their own mechanisms to recover debt.
5. Farmers will not be able to protect their interests. Big businessmen will take advantage of this in the name of ‘Freedom of Choice’.
6. The SDM court is being made the final authority for settlement of disputes in this law. The farmers demand that they should get the right of appeal in the higher courts.
7. There is also anger among the farmers for punishing the farmers for burning agricultural residues. Farmers say that in the new law, rules have been made without strengthening the farmers financially.
8. Due to the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Act, farmers will be forced to pay electricity bills at fixed rates to private power companies.