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Updated: December 9, 2020 2:55:33 am
ON A day when the Bharat Bandh referred to as by farmer unions noticed a blended response throughout the nation, Home Minister Amit Shah stepped in to resolve the disaster on Tuesday as he met a delegation of 13 farmer leaders, however couldn’t break the impasse. While the federal government provided to ship a proposal relating to the amendments that it was prepared to make within the new farm legal guidelines, the farmers caught to their demand for repeal of the legal guidelines.
While the sixth spherical of talks with the Centre was scheduled to be held on Wednesday, farmer leaders stated they’d “not participate” and would first meet to debate the federal government’s proposal. The Union Cabinet is ready to fulfill on Wednesday morning.
Farmer leaders stated the federal government’s offer to ship a proposal on the amendments indicated that it was not able to repeal the legal guidelines.
Speaking to reporters after the practically three-hour-long assembly, Hannan Mollah, CPI(M) chief and common secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha, stated: “In today’s meeting, the Home Minister made it clear that the government will not repeal the laws. He said tomorrow, the government will give in writing the amendments that it can make… There is no scope for amendments, we want repeal of the laws. We don’t accept amendments, we want repeal.”
“We will let you know about the next round of talks after our meeting at Singhu border tomorrow,” he stated. “There is no chance of a meeting again. There was no outcome in today’s meeting… we will not participate in tomorrow’s meeting. They will give a letter tomorrow. But whatever they have decided to give us in writing tomorrow, we will not accept. There is no question of meeting again,” Mollah stated.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Mollah stated: “The meeting was fruitless… We unanimously told him that we don’t want amendments, we want repeal of these laws. They said repeal is not possible, there are difficulties. We said we have no other demand.”
“The leaders of all the farmer organisations will have a meeting at the Singhu border at noon tomorrow. If the letter is only about the amendments, then there is no question of further talks…rishta khatam ho jayega,” he stated.
“No meeting will be held between the government and farmer leaders tomorrow,” Haryana Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) president Gurnam Singh Chaduni stated. “The government will send its proposal tomorrow. We will discuss it and then decide whether another meeting is needed. There was no progress in the talks today. The government offered amendments, but we want repeal,” stated Chaduni.
Earlier within the day, confirming that Shah had referred to as them for talks, farmer leaders stated they’d demand a “yes or no” reply from him. “There is no midway. We will demand just ‘yes’ or ‘no’ from Home Minister Amit Shah at today’s meeting,” farmer chief Ruldu Singh Mansa stated at a press convention on the Singhu border, in accordance with a PTI report.
This was Shah’s first assembly with the farmers. The assembly, which started a little bit previous eight pm, was held on the National Agricultural Science Complex, Pusa.
On November 28, Shah had set a pre-condition, saying that the Centre was prepared to carry talks as quickly because the farmers shifted their protest from the Delhi borders to Burari floor. The farmers, principally from the neighbouring states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi’s borders for the final 12 days.
The three ministers who’ve been main the federal government’s consultations with the farmers — Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash — additionally attended the assembly.
Besides Mollah and Chaduni, the opposite farmer leaders who have been current have been Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh chief Shiv Kumar Kakka and Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait.
“Some farmer unions asked why the government did not consult them before bringing these laws. The ministers admitted their mistake and said there was no point in looking back,” Kakka stated.
The assembly, nonetheless, appeared to have created a discord among the many organisations spearheading the farmer protests. Joginder Singh Ugrahan, who heads the BKU (Ugrahan), stated he was not invited, and the 13 farmer leaders mustn’t have attended the assembly. “It will raise many doubts in the minds of people,” he stated.
Addressing a press convention at Singhu earlier than their assembly with Shah, farmer leaders stated they’d press for repeal of the legal guidelines. “We have a meeting with the Home Minister and we will have to see what is the result. Our demands are the same since the first day. We have had many meetings with the government so far, but nothing substantial has come out of them,” stated Chaduni.
Farmer leaders stated they’d contemplate a proposal to maneuver their protest to Jantar Mantar, relying on the end result of their assembly with Shah.
The final 5 rounds of talks have remained inconclusive, because the farmer leaders have taken a maximalist place and demanded an entire repeal of the brand new legal guidelines, rejecting the federal government’s offer to rethink a few of the key provisions to include their calls for.
At the final assembly on Saturday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was learnt to have provided to amend some provisions of the farm legal guidelines and even agreed to provide a written assurance on MSP and procurement, however representatives of the farmer unions spurned the offer.
The farmers are additionally demanding authorized assure for the minimal assist price-based procurement and withdrawal of the Electricity (Amendment) Bill.
While a few of their considerations could be addressed by way of govt orders, others could require modification to the legal guidelines. For occasion, to make sure samyata (level-playing subject) between the APMC mandis and personal markets, modification of Section 6 of the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 could also be required.
Similarly, a tweak within the provisions of the Act shall be required to permit disputes to be taken to civil courts. Under the Act, Section 15 states that disputes arising out of transactions within the different markets can’t be entertained in common civil courts. Instead, these must be compulsorily referred to conciliation boards and appellate authorities appointed by the native Sub-Divisional Magistrates and District Collectors.
– With Manoj CG & Amil Bhatnagar in New Delhi; Raakhi Jagga in Ludhiana; Sukhbir Siwach in Chandigarh
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