Farmers’ organizations opposing agricultural laws can take a decision today on the government’s invitation to negotiate.
The Center had invited farmers for talks on Thursday. On Friday, Prime Minister Modi and several Union ministers appealed to the farmers to come forward and talk.
This was followed by a meeting of 36 farmer organizations in 40. Today, on Saturday, all 40 organizations will meet and take a decision on negotiations with the government.
Five rounds of talks are getting frustrated
So far, five rounds of formal and once informal meetings have been held to end the deadlock between the government and the farmers. Despite this, no solution appears.
The government is talking about amending the laws, but the farmers’ organizations demand that their movement will continue till all the three laws are withdrawn.
Last Monday too, the government had invited an invitation to negotiate, which was turned down by the farmers.
Signs of starting a conversation again
After a meeting of 36 farmer organizations on Friday, farmer leaders had indicated that talks with the government could be resumed.
A farmer leader, on the condition of confidentiality, said that the demand for legal guarantee of procurement at the minimum support price (MSP) of farmers will continue as before.
At the same time, an official of the Ministry of Agriculture has also expressed the hope that in the next two-three talks between the two sides can begin.
Prime Minister Modi interacted with farmers on Friday
On Friday, Prime Minister Modi interacted with farmers from different parts of the country through video conferencing.
During this, he said that the new laws are for the good of the farmers and the government is ready to talk to the opponents of these laws as well.
At the same time, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants that whatever doubts are in the minds of farmers, should be removed through dialogue.
Why the government does not provide legal guarantee on MSP – farmer leaders
Reacting to the Prime Minister’s speech on Friday, farmer organizations asked why the government does not provide legal guarantee for purchase on MSP.
United Kisan Morcha leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said that Prime Minister Modi says that the MSP will continue. Then why are they afraid to guarantee it? Why is the government not giving it in writing?
He has also called the government’s claim of implementing Swaminathan Commission recommendations false.
False – Government’s claim on MSP
Kakka said that at election rallies the Prime Minister says that the government has implemented the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. His government has fixed the MSP as per the recommendations of the Commission, but in the court he says that it is not possible to do so.
Amarinder Singh appealed not to damage mobile towers
On the other hand, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has appealed to the farmers not to damage the mobile towers.
In fact, there have been reports that people in some districts of Punjab are disconnecting the power supply of Reliance’s mobile towers, causing network problems in the area.
In view of this, Amarinder Singh has appealed to the farmers not to create problems for the common people through such steps.
Gathering of farmers growing on the Ghazipur border
The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee on Friday said that a large number of farmers from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand are reaching the Ghazipur border.
According to the statement issued by the committee, about 12,000 farmers have reached the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border and a large number of farmers are yet to come.
A similar situation was seen at the Haryana-Rajasthan border in Shahjahanpur, where a large number of farmers gathered and closed the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
What is the reason for opposition from farmers?
The central government has introduced three laws to reform the agricultural sector.
These include making provisions for procurement outside government mandis, approving contract farming and ending storage limits for many grains and pulses.
Farmers of many states including Punjab and Haryana are opposing these laws. He says that through these the government wants to get rid of mandis and the minimum support price (MSP).