Farmer groups will continue to protest on the Delhi border, to discuss strategy later
Farmer groups decided on Saturday that they will not go to Delhi and have decided to continue their protests against the three agricultural laws on the Singhu border even after they were assigned a place in the capital’s Burari to maintain their agitation. “It has been decided that we will continue our protest here and will not go anywhere else. We will meet at 11 am every day to discuss our strategy, ”Harinder Singh, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union told ANI.
Farmers from Punjab and Haryana began their march to Delhi on November 25 demanding that the Center repeal the three agricultural bills passed during the monsoon session of Parliament. They broke through barricades and clashed with police at the border on Friday and vowed to march towards Delhi. On Friday, the Delhi police allowed them to hold peaceful demonstrations on a field in Burari.
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“Permission to hold a peaceful protest has already been granted. Delhi police are ready to facilitate protesters heading to the Burari field. We call on the protesters to behave responsibly, ”said Gaurav Sharma, Delhi Police Deputy Commissioner of the North Outer District, quoted by ANI.
Earlier Saturday, the Union’s agriculture minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, called on farmers to stop their agitation and discuss the problems they face with the December 3 Center. He said: “The government is ready to dialogue with the farmers’ unions to solve their problems. We have invited you to talks on December 3rd. I hope they come to the meeting. I urge political parties not to do politics on behalf of farmers. “
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Farmers ‘organizations across India have criticized the Center for incorporating the Farmers’ Agricultural Services and Price Guarantee Agreement (Empowerment and Protection); the Draft Law on Trade in Agricultural Products and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation); and the Essential Commodities Bill (Amendment). Farmers believe these three bills will affect MSP’s acquisitions and allow multinational companies to make huge profits.
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The Center continues to assure farmers that these bills will pave the way for increasing farmers’ incomes and promote a level playing field where farmers can sell their crops at higher prices. He has also assured farmers on numerous occasions that the MSP system will not be affected by the passage of these three bills.