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Farmers to Decide on Talks with the Center on Wednesday, Hoping for a Resolution: Key Developments | India News


NEW DELHI: While adhering to your demand to remove the three farm laws, the 32 farmers unions protesting the legislation on Tuesday deferred their decision on resuming talks with the Center until Wednesday. On the other hand, the government has expressed the hope that farmers will return to the negotiating table.
These are the 10 key developments of the day:
1. As the farmers’ agitation against three farm laws entered its 27th day, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he is hopeful that the protesting unions will soon complete their internal discussions and resume talks with the government to resolve the crisis. He met with two more peasant corps from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh who extended their support for the legislation. “The representatives of different farmers’ organizations had come to say that the laws are good and are in the interest of farmers. They had come to urge the government not to make any amendments to the laws,” Tomar said after meeting with the two. groups and added that he was hopeful that the protesting farmers’ unions would soon complete their internal discussions and come forward for talks. “We will be able to find a successful solution,” said the minister.
2. Reiterating that the new land reform laws will herald a new era in Indian agriculture, the agriculture minister said the government is still willing to continue talks with protesting unions on all controversial issues. Tomar said that the agricultural sector is the backbone of the Indian economy and that the Modi government is focusing on doubling the incomes of farmers by 2022. He was interacting with members of the international media from the Foreign Correspondents Club of the South. from Asia. “The minister reiterated that the reforms have been made in the interest of farmers and will bring a new era in Indian agriculture. The government has had many rounds of talks with farmers’ unions and is willing to continue dialogue on contentious issues, clause by clause, with an open mind, “said an official statement.
3. The protesting farmers’ unions said the decision on the central government’s offer to start new talks was postponed until Wednesday. At a press conference on the Singhu border of Delhi, Farmer Leader Kulwant Singh Sandhu said that 32 Punjab farmers’ unions held a meeting and discussed the next course of action. He said a meeting of peasant leaders from across India will be held on Wednesday where a decision will be made on the government’s offer of talks. Sandhu said they will also write to British MPs, urging them to pressure their Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Johnson will be the main guest of the event next month. In a letter to 40 union leaders, the deputy secretary of the Union Ministry of Agriculture, Vivek Aggarwal, on Sunday asked protesting peasant leaders to specify their concerns about their earlier proposal for amendments to the laws and to choose a convenient date for the next round. of conversations so that the ongoing turmoil could end as soon as possible. The sixth round of talks on December 9 was canceled after a stalemate in which farmers’ unions refused to give in on their demand to repeal all three laws.
Four. A group of farmers protesting against the center’s new agricultural laws showed black flags to Haryana’s Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar as his convoy passed through the city of Ambala, sources said. Some of the farmers allegedly tried to block the Khattar caravan, but police managed to provide safe passage for the prime minister, the sources said. Khattar had come to Ambala to address public meetings in support of the party’s mayoral and ward candidates for the upcoming civic body elections.
5. Hundreds of vehicles queued on the Noida-Greater Noida highway due to a demonstration by a group of farmers who took to the road in support of the new farm laws, authorities said. The protesters, mainly residents of Jewar and Dadri in Greater Noida, were reportedly detained by the police at the Mahamaya flyover. Normal traffic movement on the Greater Noida-Noida route was restored after an outage that lasted about three hours, they said.
6. Hundreds of protesters blocked a key road leading to Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh after police allegedly prevented them from moving to the national capital to join the farmers’ agitation. The protesters, from districts such as Rampur, Pilibhit and Moradabad, had gathered on National Highway 24 on the Rampur-Moradabad border in the afternoon amid a heavy deployment of police personnel. Some of the protesters assaulted the official vehicle of a high-ranking police officer, while others clashed with other personnel during the chaos that led to a long traffic jam, according to alleged videos that appeared on social media. One of the videos showed a high-ranking police officer leaving the scene in a Toyota Innova, but was assaulted by dozens of protesters, prompting the driver to quickly reverse him as the crowd continued to pound the exterior of the car. .
7. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan declined approval of a special session of the assembly planned on Wednesday to discuss and pass a resolution against the three controversial central agricultural laws. Khan’s decision sparked a strong response from the government side with agriculture minister VS Sunil Kumar calling it “undemocratic”, while opposition congressional leader Ramesh Chennithala said it was unfortunate and against “democratic values”. The state BJP welcomed the governor’s action, saying that the attempt to pass a resolution against laws passed by Parliament and with the president’s consent was unconstitutional. The president of the assembly, P Sreeramakrishnan, said that the governor’s decision is unprecedented, adding that the state government can make a decision after considering all legal aspects. The decision to convene the one-day special session was made by the CPI (M)-led LDF government at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Monday. The session would not take place on Wednesday because the governor did not grant a sanction, assembly sources said.
8. The opposition Congress organized a strike by the Uttarakhand assembly in protest against the center’s new agricultural laws, saying they were aimed at destroying farmers. The MLA in Congress withdrew when the state agriculture minister, Subodh Uniyal, accused the party of going hand in hand with intermediaries and fomenting unrest to regain lost political ground. Members of Congress led by opposition leader Indira Hridayesh rose from their seats in protest when Uniyal said it did not appear to have read the new farm laws thoroughly and that its party was tricking farmers into adapting to their own Political purposes. Asking why farmers are out on the streets in severe cold if new farm laws are in their favor, as the center claims, Hridayesh said the ongoing agitation by farmers has drawn international attention, including Canada supporting the uproar. .
9. Social media giant Facebook said that Kisan Ekta Morcha’s page had been removed after its automated systems found increased activity and marked it as spam, and that the page was restored in less than three hours. Facebook had faced criticism from various quarters after the page, which is run by a collective of farmers, was taken down Sunday night. “Based on our review, our automated systems found increased activity on (Kisan Ekta Morcha’s) Facebook page and flagged it as spam, which violates our Community Guidelines. We restored the page in less than three hours when we realized it out of context. “said a Facebook spokesperson.
10. The All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) and its associated unions will observe December 23 as “Skip Lunch” day to express their solidarity with the farmers’ hunger strike relay. “AITUC unions will observe December 23 as ‘Skip Lunch’ Day to express solidarity with the relay hunger strike of the joint front of Kisan organizations,” Amarjeet Kaur, AITUC general secretary, said in a statement. According to the statement, the central government is trying to circumvent genuine farmers’ demands, demands that are not only in the interest of farmers, but are in the interest of the general public and, of course, in the national interest.

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