Farmers And Centre To Meet For Round Seven Tomorrow At Vigyan Bhawan

The centre in its letter to the farmers assured detailed discussions on the four demands by the protesting community, including the topic of MSP and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill

Raghav N

December 29, 2020

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Farm union leaders have agreed to meet with the central government tomorrow at 2 pm in Vigyan Bhawan to resolve the ongoing protests by the agricultural community over the three farm reforms.

On 8 December, several farmer representatives had met with Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Three days back, Shah and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal convened to discuss the way forward on the longstanding matter. A letter was then sent by the Modi government to the agitators, promising the latter of the federal administration’s clean intentions and willingness to listen to the grievances of the protesters. Assurance to communicate on the four concerns raised by the agriculturists was also mentioned in the document.

The four conditions laid out by the campaigners includes first and foremost, the complete rollback of the centre-imposed farm bills. Second, the demand for a legal guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) is also one of their demands. Third, the crop-growing sector has asked for a dialogue on the punishment for stubble burning as they stand against the pollution law. Last, they are also against the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill as they fear the growing privatization of power.

Meanwhile, many representatives from the agrarian sector have been meeting Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and standing in favour of the three laws. Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Kailash Choudhary said that those coming in for a discussion with the government tomorrow should engage in a dialogue in the capacity of a farmer, rather than allowing the matter to be politicised.

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