Protesting farmers remain in severe Delhi cold as government talks remain stalled
Thousands of farmers stayed at their protest sites near the Delhi border on Friday, braving a severe cold when mercury dropped to 1.1 degrees Celsius on New Year’s Day, the lowest in 15 years, as the talks with the government they made little progress.
The government and agricultural unions had reached common ground on Wednesday to resolve the concerns of farmers protesting about the increase in electricity rates and penalties for burning stubble, but the two sides remained stuck on the main issues. controversial of the repeal of three agricultural laws and a legal guarantee for MSP.
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 resolution had been reached by the 50 percent by mutual agreement on two out of every four agenda items and discussions on the remaining two will continue on January 4.
Security remained tight at the borders of the national capital with hundreds of personnel deployed at the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri border points, where farmers have been camping for more than a month.
The protests have also caused traffic congestion, forcing the police to divert the movement of vehicles.
On Twitter on Friday, the Delhi Traffic Police alerted travelers to routes that remained closed due to unrest and suggested they take alternative routes.
“The borders of Tikri, Dhansa are closed for any traffic movement. Jhatikara Borders is open only for LMV (Automobile / Light Motor Vehicle), two-wheeler and pedestrian movement, ”he tweeted.
“The borders of Chilla and Ghazipur are closed to traffic coming from Noida and Ghaziabad to Delhi due to protests from farmers. Take the alternative route to reach Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara, Bhopra and Loni Borders.
“The borders of Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Saboli and Mangesh are closed. Take the alternative route through the school toll tax borders of Lampur Safiabad, Palla and Singhu. Traffic has been diverted from the Mukarba and GTK highway. Avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK Road and NH-44, ”it read in a series of tweets.
“The open borders available for 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 another 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 remain and has accused the opposition of misleading farmers.