PM Modi to handle farmers on 25 Dec; Centre ought to include ‘open thoughts’ for talks, say protesters


Farmers’ unions on Wednesday demanded that the Centre provide you with a concrete proposal in writing to resolve the impasse over the agricultural legal guidelines and never repeal “meaningless amendments” that they’ve already rejected

Farmers’ unions on Wednesday demanded that the Centre provide you with a concrete proposal in writing to resolve the impasse over the agricultural legal guidelines and never repeal “meaningless amendments” that they’ve already rejected.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will work together with farmers from six states on Friday (25 December). On the event, Modi will digitally deposit a complete of Rs 18,000 crore within the financial institution accounts of 9 crore farmers underneath the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.

Opposition leaders on Wednesday criticised the BJP authorities for the persevering with farmers’ strike because the protests at Delhi’s borders, Singhu, Tikri, UP Gate, and Chilla, entered day 28. NCP chief Sharad Pawar mentioned it was unlucky that farmers had been protesting for his or her rights on Kisan Diwas, whereas Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav mentioned the BJP was insulting farmers.

The beginning anniversary of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh is being celebrated as Kisan Diwas, or farmers’ day.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh mentioned the federal government was speaking with “full sensitivity” with farmers and hoped that their protests towards the three agricultural legal guidelines are withdrawn quickly.

The Centre had on 9 December proposed to make amendments associated to at the least seven issues and supply a “written assurance” on the continuation of the minimal assist worth however the farmers rejected it.

So far, there has not been any headway after 5 rounds of talks between the federal government and farmer unions, who’ve maintained that their demand for the repeal of the three farm legal guidelines was “non-negotiable”.

‘Ready for talks’ 

Farmers protesting the Centre’s new agricultural reforms on Wednesday mentioned they’re prepared to carry talks, however are ready for the federal government to carry discussions with an open thoughts and current concrete proposals which might be acceptable.

Addressing a press convention on the Singhu border, a farmer chief mentioned they had been prepared for talks, however the authorities ought to ship a concrete proposal for that to occur.

“We have already told home minister Amit Shah that protesting farmers will not accept amendments,” farmer chief Shiv Kumar Kakka mentioned.

“Farmer unions are ready to talk to the government and are waiting for the government to come to the table with an open mind,” mentioned Swaraj Abhiyan chief Yogendra Yadav.

Yadav mentioned that the farmers are prepared to carry talks with the Centre. “We’re waiting for govt to take the discussion forward with an open mind and neat intention,” he says whereas studying the farmers’ letter to the Centre.

He additionally mentioned that the federal government shouldn’t repeat the “meaningless” amendments rejected by the farmers and provide you with a concrete proposal in writing in order that negotiations between the 2 sides cam start quickly.

All India Kisan Sabha chief Hannan Molla claimed the federal government needed to tire the farmers out in order that the protest would finish.

Bhartiya Kisan Union normal secretary Yudhvir Singh accused the Centre of eager to delay the matter and break the morale of the protesting farmers. “The government is taking our issues lightly, I’m warning them to take cognisance of this matter and find a solution soon,” he added.

Shiv Kumar Kakka additionally urged the Centre to go away its stubbornness and settle for the farmers’ calls for, PTI reported.

Meanwhile, a number of farmers marked ‘Kisan Diwas’, the beginning anniversary of former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh, by paying their tributes at Kisan Ghat whereas these protesting at Ghazipur border held a “havan”.

Farmer unions additionally urged folks to skip a meal on ‘Kisan Diwas’ in assist of the continuing protests.

‘Hopeful of protesting unions resuming dialogue’

Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday mentioned the federal government will proceed with reforms within the farm sector as they’re nonetheless due in lots of areas as he reiterated his hope that protesting farmers will quickly come ahead to renew their dialogue with the Centre to resolve their issues over three new legal guidelines.

The minister mentioned any agitation might be resolved solely by dialogue as has been the case at all times in historical past and urged the protesting unions to repair a date and time for the following spherical of talks.

Separately, addressing a delegation of the Confederation of NGOs of Rural India (CNRI), Tomar mentioned, “In the last six years, efforts have been made to reform the farm sector to a large extent. There are still many areas left where reforms are due.”

“I am fully hopeful that our farmer unions will discuss… If they give a date and time, the government is ready for the next round of talks… I am hopeful that we will move towards resolving the issue,” Tomar instructed reporters.

The authorities has already despatched a draft proposal to unions providing at the least seven amendments to the three legislations that had been enacted in September.

Mamata interacts with protesting farmers in Delhi

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee spoke to farmers protesting in Delhi towards the Centre’s new agriculture legal guidelines and warranted them that her occasion stands by them, a TMC chief instructed PTI on Wednesday.

A five-member delegation of TMC MPs, comprising Derek O’Brien, Satabdi Roy, Prasun Banerjee, Pratima Mondal and Md Nadimul Haque, additionally met the farmers there to assist their protest towards the brand new farm legal guidelines.

“Our party supremo spoke to protesting farmers over the phone. Some of them requested her to visit the ‘dharna’ sites. She assured them that the party supports their demand,” a TMC chief mentioned.

“Please come and join our dharna it will give us more strength, said a farmer on the phone to Mamata Banerjee. A 5 member delegation of All India Trinamool Congress MPs visited Singhu border again to express solidarity with protesting farmers. Bengal CM spoke to multiple groups,” O’Brien mentioned on Twitter.

Earlier this month, the ruling occasion in West Bengal had despatched a delegation there and Banerjee additionally interacted with the agitating farmers.

PM to launch PM-KISAN instalment on 25 Dec

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the following instalment of the monetary advantages underneath the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) on 25 December through video-conferencing, his workplace mentioned on Wednesday.

With the push of a button, Modi will allow the switch of greater than Rs 18,000 crore to over 9 crore beneficiary farmer households, it added.

Modi will even work together with farmers from six states throughout the occasion, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) mentioned.

“The farmers will share their experiences with PM-KISAN and also on various other initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of farmers,” it mentioned.

Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a monetary advantage of Rs 6,000 per yr is supplied to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal instalments of Rs 2,000 every. The fund is transferred on to the financial institution accounts of the beneficiaries.

The programme comes amid protests by numerous farmer unions towards three farm legal guidelines just lately enacted by the Modi authorities. The authorities has insisted that these reforms are within the curiosity of farmers.

With inputs from PTI

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