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Farmers set the agenda for Wednesday’s talks with the Center as Tomar meets with Amit Shah: Key Developments | India News


NEW DELHI: The stage is set for talks between protesting farmers and downtown on Wednesday. One day before the crucial talks, as farmers’ unions maintained their tough stance on the three farm laws, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met with Interior Minister Amit Shah in the national capital.
Meanwhile, farmers have postponed their proposed tractor march one day to Thursday in light of their talks with the center.
These are the key developments of the day:
* The protesting farmers’ unions wrote to the Center about the talks scheduled between the two parties on Wednesday, saying that the discussion will only be about the modalities of repealing the three pieces of legislation, granting a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP), and on two other topics that they proposed earlier this week for the resumption of the dialogue. In his letter, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, who represents 40 farmers’ unions, said that modalities to repeal the three contentious laws and a legal guarantee on the MSP should be on the agenda of the talks. El Morcha further said that the meeting agenda should also include amendments that will be made and notified in the Ordinance of the Commission for Air Quality Management in the National Capital Region and Adjacent Areas of 2020 to exclude farmers. of its penal provisions. Through the letter, La Morcha also formally accepted the government’s invitation for dialogue. The letter also said that the withdrawal of the 2020 Electricity Amendment Bill to protect the interests of farmers should also be part of the dialogue agenda.
* The protesting farmers’ unions have postponed their proposal for a tractor march against controversial farm laws to Thursday so that the demonstration does not conflict with their talks with the government on Wednesday. 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 ) on December 30 “. In view of our discussions with the government (on December 30), we have decided to postpone our tractor march. Farmers will hold a march with their tractors on December 31,” said Abhimanyu Kohar, member of high rank Morcha.
* One day before the next round of talks between the Center and farmers protesting against the three new agricultural laws, Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met with Interior Minister Amit Shah. The sources said they discussed and finalized the government’s position for the meeting. Agriculture Minister Tomar, Railway Minister Goyal and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry Som Parkash have been representing the Center in dialogues with farmers.
* Several people were injured in Patna in a lathi-charge at a busy intersection in the heart of the city when police personnel tried to stop a procession, taken out in protest against agricultural laws, not to head towards the Raj Bhavan. Traffic broke down when thousands of protesters, including members of various farmers’ organizations and pro-left groups, marched through Frazer Road before being thwarted at the Dak Bungalow junction. According to the police, the crackdown at the Dak Bungalow crossing was preceded by skirmishes between protesters and police and administrative officials at the Gandhi Maidan, the starting point of the demonstration, where rioters objected to allowing their entry only within the vast public land. through one of the many doors. Police sources said the restriction was implemented to avoid a situation similar to a stampede. The protesters claimed it was an attempt to suppress their voice.
* The supreme and former minister of agriculture of the PCN, Sharad Pawar, accused the Center of demolishing three new agricultural laws without consulting the states and claimed that agriculture cannot be managed “sitting in Delhi” as it involves farmers working in distant villages. Pawar also raised questions about the composition of the three-member ministerial group that negotiates with unions, saying the ruling party should have presented leaders with a “deep” understanding of agriculture and farmers’ issues. He said the government should take the protests seriously and that it was “unfair” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to blame opposition parties for the farmers’ agitation. He said opposition parties will accept a call on their future course of action on Wednesday if the government does not resolve the farmers’ issue in the next scheduled meeting with representatives of 40 protesting unions.
* AAP MLA Raghav Chadha said that free WiFi hotspots will be established on the Singhu border for farmers who have been camping there for more than a month in protest of the three core agricultural laws. Speaking to the media in the national capital, he said the decision was made by the “sevadar of farmers” Arvind Kejriwal. “We want the farmers to keep in touch with their family. We have identified some places to install the WiFi access points. This is an initiative of (Chief Minister) Arvind Kejriwal and the party,” said Chadha. He said that the first hotspot will be installed in a day or two and more such facilities will be established based on demand. “Each WiFi access point will cover a radius of 100 meters. The initiative was taken after farmers complained about the limited availability of Internet in the area,” said the AAP leader. “We are starting with the Singhu border. But as demand arises, we will expand it to other border points as well (where farmers are protesting) and install more hotspots,” added Chadha.

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