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Ahead of government talks, protesting farmers postpone proposed tractor march | India News


NEW DELHI: The protesting farmers’ unions have postponed their proposed tractor march against controversial farm laws until Thursday, so the rally does not conflict with their talks with the government on Wednesday.
The unions agreed to hold the next round of talks with the central government on Wednesday, but insist that the meeting’s agenda should include discussion of the modalities to repeal the three pieces of legislation.
Earlier this week, Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a body of 40 unions leading protests at the Delhi border points, had announced a tractor march from the Singhu and Tikri borders to the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Highway (KMP ) December 30th.
“In view of our discussions with the government (on December 30), we have decided to postpone our tractor march. Farmers will carry out a march with their tractors on December 31,” Abhimanyu Kohar, senior member of Morcha, told PTI. .
He said that since the peasant leaders would have a meeting with the central ministers on Wednesday, the protesting unions have decided to postpone their proposal for a tractor march.
Thousands of protesting farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at three border points in Delhi, Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri, for the past 31 days, demanding the repeal of three agricultural laws and the legal guarantee of a price. minimal support.
On Monday, peasant leaders agreed to a government proposal to hold the next round of talks on the new farm laws on December 30, but remained firm on their agenda of eliminating the laws.
Enacted in September, the three agricultural laws have been projected by the Center as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will eliminate intermediaries and allow farmers to sell their products anywhere in the country.
However, protesting farmers have expressed fear that the new laws would pave the way to remove the MSP’s safety cushion and end the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations.

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