Farmers protesting the agriculture legal guidelines have turned down an invite to renew talks and stated they’re bored with returning to the negotiating desk until the centre is keen to think about the repeal of the three controversial items of laws.
Leaders representing the 40 farmers’ unions camped round Delhi over the previous month stated their calls for – which embody a authorized assure for MSP (minimal assist value) – couldn’t be thought of individually. The unions, which have organised themselves underneath the banner of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, are anticipated to satisfy on Friday and body a proper response to the centre.
“The government is not serious about our demands… they are writing letters every day. The new letter is nothing but propaganda against us… to give the impression that we are not interested in talks. The government should put repeal of the laws on the agenda for fresh dialogue,” Shiv Kumar Kakka, a senior farmer chief, was quoted by information company PTI.
Mr Kakka stated authorized ensures of MSP was a key demand for the farmers, who concern that this security internet will probably be scrapped as soon as the brand new legal guidelines are put into follow. The centre has supplied solely written assurances that procurement at MSP will proceed, leaving the farmers stay unconvinced.
Earlier this week the Joint Secretary within the Agriculture Ministry wrote to the protesting farmers and invited them for a sixth spherical of talks. He additionally stated it could not be “logical” to incorporate any new calls for associated to MSP; such calls for, the letter stated, had been out of the purview of the farm legal guidelines.
“I again request you… the government has been discussing all issues with an open heart and good intention to end the protest and will continue to do so… Kindly suggest a date and time (for the next round of talks),” the letter to the farmers learn.
Five rounds of talks have been held up to now to resolve the deadlock between the 2 sides. However, neither facet is keen to budge at this level. The farmers need the legal guidelines scrapped and the centre is simply open to amending extra problematic sections.
On Wednesday farmer leaders from the Samyukt Kisan Morcha indicated they had been rising impatient at what they stated was the centre prolonging the stand-off, and referred to as for “concrete proposals in writing”. They stated the Agriculture Ministry’s letter contained “nothing new”.
“Don’t they know our demand? We just want a complete repeal of the new agriculture laws,” Abhimanyu Kohar, one of many chief, stated in response to the centre’s repeated request to specify their issues and calls for.
On Sunday the farmers stated they might boycott Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Mann ki Baat speech (on December 27), exclaiming: “We are tired of listening to your Mann ki Baat, when will you listen to our Mann ki Baat?”
Prime Minister Modi, in the meantime, will work together with round 9 crore farmers on Friday in an try and make clear the centre’s place on the farm legal guidelines.
With enter from PTI