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Agricultural Unions Reject Government Proposals In Writing, SC Acts To Break Deadlock | India News


NEW DELHI: Farmer unions protesting against farm laws wrote to the Ministry of Agriculture Wednesday morning, rejecting the Center’s Dec. 9 proposals to amend the laws and clarify certain provisions. Peasant leader Darshan Pal of the “Sanyukta Kisan Morcha” also asked the Center not to defame the peasant movement and “stop holding parallel talks” with other peasant organizations (those that are not involved in protesting the laws).
“Since we had already expressed our concerns about those suggestions during different rounds of talks, we did not respond (to the preliminary proposals on December 9) in writing,” Pal said in his email to the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Vivek Aggarwal.
Farmers’ representatives said the SC’s intervention was a moral victory for them, but that they would continue their agitation on the Delhi borders until all three farm laws are withdrawn, a lawsuit that has led to a stalemate as the Center he is not willing to repeal the laws. They said that forming a committee would be fruitful only if the laws were repealed and representatives of all national and regional agricultural organizations were represented.
They are expected to submit their response to the SC on Thursday, explaining how the core laws will have an adverse impact on farmers’ livelihoods.
“The farmers’ unions had rejected the government’s proposal to form a committee on December 1. What will the SC-supervised committee do if the government is not willing to repeal the three farm laws? Our agitation will continue until the Center accepts our central demand, “Avik Saha, member of All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) national working group, told TOI.
The AIKSCC working group has decided to go ahead with its “Shraddhanjali Diwas” (tribute day) scheduled for December 20 from 11 am to 1 pm in each village in memory of those who died during the upheaval in the last three weeks.
“The CS can and should decide on the constitutionality of the three agricultural laws. But it is not for the judiciary to decide the viability and appropriateness of these laws. That is between the farmers and their elected leaders. The negotiation supervised by the CS will be a error path, “tweeted Yogendra Yadav, another member of the AIKSCC national task force.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, in a virtual speech on the occasion of Assocham’s founding week, had insisted that a large number of farmers had demonstrated in support of the new laws. “Some organizations are involved in the protest movement. However, there will be a solution through discussion,” he said.

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