Farmers’ protest: Will there be the sixth round of talks soon? 10 points – india news
Farmers unions indicated on Friday that talks with the Center on the three farm laws could start soon, although the unions have not yet formally responded to the latest letter from the Ministry of Agriculture. A decision on the further course of action is likely to be made on Saturday.
Here are the latest updates:
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other Union ministers reached out to farmers across the country on Friday and made clear that repeal of the laws, what protesting farmers want, is not on the table.
2. In a major event, Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday urged farmers to test the new laws as an experiment. “Let the farm laws be implemented for one or two years. Let’s try this as an experiment, and if it is not beneficial to the farmers, the government will be ready for all possible amendments, “he said.
3. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that the government is willing to speak to opposition parties as well if the discussion is based on facts.
4. The protesting farmers are thinking of resuming talks with the Center at this stage, as they feel that the Center has not clearly understood their demands.
5. In their last letter to the ministry, farmers raised the demand for a higher MSP. The ministry, in its response, said that as MSP is not under the scope of the three agricultural laws that are being discussed by the two parties, including MSP on the agenda is not “logical.”
6. In response to Prime Minister Modi’s speech on Friday, farmers’ unions asked why the government does not give in writing that the MSP will have a legal guarantee. “In public speeches, the prime minister said that the MSP will remain. So why are you afraid to give a legal guarantee for it? Why can’t the government put it in writing? ”Said Shiv Kumar Kakka, a senior leader of the Sankyut Kisan Morcha.
7. Farmers also rejected PM Modi’s claim to implement the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Committee. “At the election rallies, he says his government has set the MSP in accordance with the recommendations of the MS Swaminathan Committee. But in court, they say it was not possible to do it, ”said Shiv Kumar Kakka.
8. On Friday, protesters picketed road booths, allegedly looting the site of a BJP event in Bathinda. Starting on December 26, there will be protests against corporations.
9. Amid reports that protesting farmers in different parts of the state were disconnecting power supplies to the mobile towers, on Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked them not to disturb the general public with such actions.
10. Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Friday that the Center’s new agricultural reform laws will not benefit farmers in any way and will cause a lot of harm. “BJP says these laws will not harm farmers. But what is its benefit? They say that now farmers will be able to sell their harvest anywhere outside the market. But off the market, the crop is sold for half price. How is this a benefit? The truth is that these laws will do a lot of harm and will not have a single benefit, ”Kejriwal tweeted.