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Farmers’ protest: Several Delhi border points remain closed | India News

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NEW DELHI: Thousands of farmers remained at their protest sites near the Delhi border on Thursday as their talks with the government remained stalled on the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP.
The government and agricultural unions had reached common ground on Wednesday to resolve the concerns of farmers protesting the increase in electricity rates and penalties for burning stubble.
After the sixth round of negotiations between three Union ministers and a representative group of 41 members of thousands of farmers protesting on the Delhi borders, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that at least one had been reached. 50 percent resolution by mutual agreement on two out of four agenda items and discussions on the remaining two will continue on January 4.
Facing the winter cold, farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, protest at various borders in the national capital for more than a month against these three new laws.
Security remained tight at the Delhi borders with hundreds of personnel deployed at the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri border points, where farmers have been camping.
The protests also caused traffic congestion that forced the police to divert the movement of vehicles.
On Twitter on Thursday, Delhi traffic police alerted travelers to routes that remained closed due to the unrest and suggested they take alternative routes.
“The borders of Tikri, Dhansa are closed for any traffic movement. The borders of Jhatikara are open only for LMV (cars / light motor vehicles), two-wheelers and pedestrian movement,” he tweeted.
“The Chilla and Ghazipur borders are closed to traffic coming from Noida and Ghaziabad to Delhi due to protests from farmers. Please take an alternative route to get to Delhi through the borders of Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara, Bhopra and Loni.
“The borders of Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Saboli and Mangesh are closed. Take the alternative route through the toll tax borders of the schools of Lampur Safiabad, Palla and Singhu. Traffic has been diverted from the Mukarba highway and GTK. Avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK Highway and NH -44, “they tweeted.
“The open borders available to Haryana are Jharoda (single carriageway / single road), Daurala, Kapashera, Badusarai, Rajokri NH-8, Bijwasan / Bajghera, Palam Vihar and Dundahera Borders,” Delhi traffic police said in a tweet.
Enacted in September, the three agricultural laws have been projected by the central government as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will eliminate the middleman 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 security cushion and end the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of large corporations.
The government has repeatedly claimed that the MSP and mandi systems will continue and has accused the opposition of misleading farmers.

Times of India

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