The meeting between the leaders of the farmers’ organizations opposing the agricultural laws and the central government has ended.
In the meeting which lasted for about eight hours, the matter has moved forward. Now both sides will hold their next meeting on 5th December.
After the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that today a meeting was held for the fourth round of talks in a very good environment, in which the government and the farmers presented their views.
Farmer worried about APMC- Tomar
Tomar said that farmers’ unions and farmers are worried that the new law will end the APMC. The Government of India will consider that APMC be empowered and the use of APMC further increased.
“The government will meet again with the union at 2 o’clock in the afternoon (December 5) and we will reach a final decision,” he said.
Let me tell you that even before the talks on December 1, there was no consensus between the government and the farmers.
Government ready to consider the demands of farmers- Tomar
Talking to the media, the Agriculture Minister said that SDM courts have been provided in the new laws. Farmers feel that the SDM court is a lower court and they should be allowed to go to court. The government will consider this demand.
Tomar further said that the farmers have also expressed their concerns on an ordinance and electricity law regarding stubble. The government is also willing to talk on those issues.
“MSP system will continue”
The Agriculture Minister also said, “Some people are skeptical about the Minimum Support Price (MSP). I want to reiterate that the MSP system will continue and assure farmers about it.”
Demand to withdraw all three laws – TADA
Harjinder Singh Tada of Azad Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, who came out from the meeting, said that there is pressure on the government to demonstrate. The government believes that there will be an MSP system. The matter has moved forward.
He said, “We said that all the three laws should be withdrawn. After that the MSP should be guaranteed. In the next meeting, the government will put pressure on them. They will have to say that they will withdraw the law. I think it should be decided in the day after tomorrow Will go. ”
The matter has moved forward – Tikait
At the same time, Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, said that the matter has moved forward. The government has hinted at the MSP. The movement will continue. Farmers want all three laws to be withdrawn. The government wants to talk about amendments to the MSP and laws.
Law demands for MSP – Sirsa
Farmer leader Baldev Singh Sirsa said that the government has been told the flaws of the laws. They have to believe that these are flaws and have to be overcome.
Sirsa added, “We said that we do not want amendments but laws should be withdrawn. We also demanded that the MSP be implemented and legislation should be made for it.”
Explain that farmers of many states including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan are protesting against the agricultural laws.
Cause of dispute
What is the whole matter of agricultural laws?
The Modi government has brought three laws to improve the agriculture sector, including making provisions for procurement outside the government mandis, approving contract farming and ending the storage limit for many grains and pulses.
Farmers of many states including Punjab and Haryana are strongly opposing these laws. He says that through these the government wants to get rid of mandis and the minimum support price (MSP).