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Farmers’ protest LIVE updates: Farmers forced to welcome the New Year on the roads, says CM Ashok Gehlot of Rajasthan – live update

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During the sixth round of talks on Wednesday, the Center agreed to save heavy penalties for stubble burning and to continue the current mechanism of providing subsidized energy for agricultural use. However, the two sides remained stalled in eliminating the three controversial agricultural reforms and the legal guarantee for the Minimum Subsistence Price (MSP) policy.

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Updated: Dec 31, 2020 6:26 AM IST

Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the new agricultural laws, on the Ghazipur border near New Delhi.
Farmers congregate during the ongoing protest against the new agricultural laws, on the Ghazipur border near New Delhi. (File photo by Sanchit Khanna / HT)

The sixth round of talks between the central government and protesting farmers took place on Wednesday and the government agreed on two of the four issues that led to farmers blocking border points in Delhi and surrounding areas since November 26. . The Center agreed to save a lot of stubble burning fines and to continue with the current mechanism of subsidized energy supply for agricultural use. However, the two sides remained stalled in eliminating the three controversial agricultural reforms and the legal guarantee for the Minimum Subsistence Price (MSP) policy. This round of negotiations took place between three Union ministers and a representative group of 41 members of protesting farmers.

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere, adding that discussions on the remaining two topics will continue on January 4. “Discussions on the three farm laws and the MSP continue and will continue in the next round of talks on January 4,” Tomar said. The minister also urged farmer groups to return women, children and the elderly to their homes due to harsh weather conditions in the national capital.

Meanwhile, the Congress party, which has been the main opponent of land reforms, struck back at the Center, saying the government should start over in 2021 by shedding its stubbornness and accepting the farmers’ demands. Congress further alleged that the reforms were formulated in consultation with the companies when they began to build silos to store food grains in Haryana and Punjab even before the reforms were introduced.

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‘Farmers forced to welcome the New Year on the roads’: Gehlot criticizes Center for uproar

Rajasthan’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, attacked the Center for failing to solve farmers’ problems, saying that farmers were forced to welcome the New Year on the roads. “It is sad that our farmer brothers and sisters, who are protesting, welcomed the New Year on the roads and outside the homes. A sensitive and responsive government would never allow this to happen, ”Gehlot tweeted.

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