Centre, farmers set to renew talks over agri legal guidelines, MSP at the moment; protesters endure heavy rains, chilly climate


Last week, farmers had stated that they may begin shutting all malls and petrol pumps in Haryana if the federal government fails to resolve their fundamental calls for within the 4 January assembly

The Centre and farmer teams are set to resume talks at the moment (Monday, 4 January) to interrupt the impasse over the the contentious agriculture legal guidelines being protested by 1000’s of farmers at Delhi’s borders.

A day forward of the resumption of talks, the farmers needed to face heavy and steady rainfall on Sunday morning.

Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh have been protesting the Centre’s legal guidelines for over a month regardless of the chilly climate and COVID-19 pandemic.

Two of their fundamental calls for is the withdrawal of the legal guidelines and a authorized assure for minimal assist value (MSP). However, a number of rounds with the delegation of Union ministers, led by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, have did not yield a consensus.

The two sides are scheduled to carry the seventh spherical of talks at 2 pm on Monday.

On Sunday, Tomar met Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and mentioned the federal government technique to resolve the present disaster on the earliest, PTI quoted sources as saying. Tomar mentioned with Singh “all possible options” to discover a “middle path” to resolve the disaster.

Rajnath, who served as agriculture minister within the erstwhile Atal Bihari Vajpayee cupboard, has emerged as a key troubleshooter and is working principally behind the scenes on this concern, the report added.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters on Sunday, farmer leaders on the Singhu border stated they may have fun the competition of Lohri on 13 January by burning copies of the newly launched agriculture legal guidelines.

Farmers courageous chilly climate, water-logged tents

Waterlogged tents, soaked firewood and blankets, and chilly situations — farmers tenting at Delhi borders in protest in opposition to new farm legal guidelines had a troublesome morning on Sunday as a consequence of in a single day rains.

The steady downpour led to waterlogging at agitation venues and waterproof tents didn’t assist a lot, PTI quoted protesters as saying.

Farmer chief Abhimanyu Kohar, who’s a member of the Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, stated farmers have waterproof tents, however that they can not shield from biting chilly and waterlogging.

“The situation is very bad at protest sites due to rain which has caused waterlogging. There is so much cold after the rains, but the government is not able to see our misery,” he stated.

Gurwinder Singh, who’s tenting on the Singhu Border, stated there may be waterlogging at some locations as civic amenities should not on top of things however asserted that the climate won’t dampen the spirit of farmers who’ve been protesting for over a month.

“Despite facing several problems, we will not move from here until our demands are met,” he stated.

According to an IMD official, heavy rainfall was reported in areas throughout Delhi and minimal temperatures have elevated as a consequence of clouding and easterly winds.

“Safdarjung observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 9.9 degrees Celsius.., with 25 mm rain. Palam observatory recorded a minimum temperature of 11.4 degrees Celsius with 18 mm rain. Rain with hail storm is expected until 6 January,” the official stated.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) chief Sukhdev Singh on the Tikri border stated preparations made by farmers to courageous the chilly climate should not serving to a lot due to rains and subsequent waterlogging.

Veerpal Singh, a protesting farmer, stated their blankets, garments and wooden are soaked.

“Our clothes are soaked due to waterlogging caused by rains. Besides, we are facing difficulties to cook food as rain water has also soaked firewood. We do have an LPG cylinder but not everyone here has it,” he stated.

Dharmveer Yadav, who’s tenting on the Ghazipur border protest web site, stated farmers won’t transfer an inch from their agitation venues.

“We are ready to face any problem, be it heavy rain or storm, but we will not leave this place in any condition until our demands are met,” Yadav stated.

Rainwater additionally entered camps at Burari floor and the protesters had been seen draining the water out and rearranging their belongings to stop from soaking in water.

Sukhwinder Singh, joint secretary of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee Punjab, stated, “This is the time when we sow wheat. We work in our fields during night and early hours in Punjab where the temperature is even below the mercury is here. This would not hamper the courage of farmer.”

Gurmel Singh from Patiala district of Punjab, stated, “We have not been affected by the rains. We have covered our tractor trollies completely.”

Avatar Singh from Ambala district of Haryana stated, “We had made our arrangements considering the possibility of rains. The grain is completely safe and under the tent. But the rains have only created mud due to which people are facing difficulty in walking. We are cleaning the area and trying to clear waterlogging.”

Will burn copies of latest farm legal guidelines on Lohri, say farmer leaders

Accusing the Centre of being “stubborn” over the difficulty, farmer leaders additionally stated that they may observe the start anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 23 January as Azad Hind Kisan Diwas’.

“We will celebrate the Lohri festival on January 13 by burning the copies of farm laws, farmers’ leader Manjeet Singh Rai added. Rai also urged people to hold protests in support of farmers across India from 6 to 20 January.

Lohri is mostly celebrated in north India, marking the beginning of the spring season. Bonfires are a special characteristic of the festival

Another farmers’ leader Onkar Singh said, “Today is the thirty seventh day of our protest. The authorities ought to depart its stubbornness. In these situations, the farmers, together with elders, have been sitting on protest, however the authorities isn’t involved about it.”

“As the temperature is lowering, we’ve got tried to rearrange the waterproof tents. We are additionally making an attempt to rearrange the blankets and heat water.

Arrangements for 1,000 girls have been made close to the KFC with a tent and the mattresses, farmers’ chief Harmeet Singh Kadian stated.

Three extra protesting farmers die at Delhi borders

Three extra farmers, who had been a part of the protests on the Delhi borders in opposition to the Centre’s new farm legal guidelines, have died, police stated on Sunday.

One of the farmers died of cardiac arrest, one other was affected by fever whereas the reason for the loss of life of the third farmer might solely be ascertained after autopsy, PTI reported.

The deceased had been recognized as Shamsher Singh (round 45 years of age), a resident of Lidhra village in Punjab”s Sangrur district, Jashandeep Singh (18), a resident of Chauke village in Punjab”s Bathinda district, and Jagbir Singh (60), a resident of Jind in Haryana, the police stated.

Shamsher was a part of the protests on the Singhu border, whereas Jagbir was collaborating within the agitation on the Tikri border. Shamsher had complained of chest ache on Sunday morning, a police official stated, including that the reason for his loss of life might solely be established after autopsy.

Jagbir handed away on the Tikri border, an official of the Bahadurgarh police station stated. He died of a coronary heart assault, the police official stated, including that the physique was handed over to his household after autopsy.

Jashandeep died on Saturday night, the police stated, including that he had gone to assist the agitating farmers on the Tikri border. Jashandeep was affected by fever and was taken to the PGIMS, Rohtak, the place he breathed his final.

Every farmer-labourer is a ‘satyagrahi’, says Rahul Gandhi

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Sunday in contrast the continuing farmers’ protests in opposition to the three new Central agriculture-related legal guidelines with the Champaran agitation throughout the British rule, and stated each farmer-labourer half of the present motion is a ‘satyagrahi’ and they’re going to take their rights again.

“The country is going to face a Champaran-like tragedy. British were ‘company Bahadur’ back then and now Modi-friends are ‘company Bahadur’,” Rahul alleged in a tweet in Hindi.

“But, every farmer-labourer of the movement is a ‘satyagrahi’ who will take back their rights,” the previous Congress chief stated.

The Champaran Satyagraha of 1917 was led by Mahatma Gandhi and is taken into account a historic occasion in India’s independence motion.

It was a farmer’s rebellion that befell in Champaran district of Bihar throughout the British colonial interval when the farmers protested having to develop indigo with barely any fee for it.

In one other tweet, Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Modi authorities which is unable to offer authorized assure of minimal assist value (MSP) to farmers is giving “fixed price to its industrialist friends to run foodgrain godowns”.

Government Mandis are both being closed down or meals grains should not being bought, he alleged.

“Why the lack of attention to farmers and sympathy for suit-boot friends,” Gandhi stated within the tweet in Hindi.

The Congress has been in search of the repeal of the three new farm legal guidelines, alleging that they may destroy farming and the farmers. The Congress can also be supporting the farmers’ agitation in opposition to the legislations.

‘Will intensify stir if talks fail’

In an announcement issued on Friday, farmer teams, upping the ante, stated that they may begin shutting all malls and petrol pumps in Haryana if the federal government fails to resolve their fundamental calls for within the 4 January assembly.

Addressing a press convention on the Singhu border protest web site on Friday, representatives of farmer unions stated that solely 5 % of the problems raised by them have thus far been mentioned in conferences with the federal government.

They outlined a number of protest actions over a month if their fundamental calls for should not met, in an announcement just a few days earlier than Republic Day celebrations.

Farmer chief Yudhveer Singh stated if the central authorities thinks the farmers’ protest will go the Shaheen Bagh means, then it’s mistaken.

“They (government) cannot make us leave this place like they did in Shaheen Bagh,” he stated.

Hundreds of protesters had camped at Shaheen Bagh for a number of months in opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The web site was cleared by the Delhi Police following the coronavirus -induced lockdown in March final 12 months.

At the press convention, farmer leaders made it clear that they must take agency steps if the federal government doesn’t take a choice of their favour within the 4 January assembly.

Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav stated that the federal government has not moved an inch on the 2 fundamental points: repeal of three agri legal guidelines and authorized assure for minimal assist value (MSP).

He claimed that the federal government has denied giving in-principle dedication to the difficulty of authorized assure for MSP.

Spelling out their subsequent plan of action, Yadav stated that whereas talks with the Union authorities will go on, farmer unions will intensify the protest concurrently and take it to each nook of the nation.

“If the January 4 meeting with the government fails to end the deadlock, we will announce dates for shutting all malls, petrol pumps in Haryana,” one other farmer chief, Vikas, instructed reporters.

At a gathering of Samkyukt Kisan Morcha — an umbrella physique of round 40 farmer unions protesting at a number of Delhi border factors — a number of selections had been taken.

According to the unions, if the outcomes of the talks on 4 January should not passable, a tractor march might be taken out from the protest web site to the Kundli Manesar Palwal (KMP) Expressway on 6 January and a name can even be given to these farmers protesting at Shahjahanpur on the Haryana-Rajasthan border to maneuver in direction of Delhi

Rallies, dharnas, sit-ins and press conferences might be ogranised throughout the nation from 6 January to twenty January to counter the alleged authorities propaganda that the protest was Punjab-centric.

Farmers will have fun Women’s Day on 18 January and the modalities might be mentioned later, farmer leaders stated, including that programmes might be held on to mark start anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on 23 January.

After the sixth spherical of formal negotiations on 30 December, the federal government and farm unions reached some frequent floor to resolve protesting farmers’ issues over rise in energy tariff and penalties for stubble burning, however the two sides remained deadlocked over the principle contentious problems with the repeal of three farm legal guidelines and a authorized assure for MSP.

After the talks between three union ministers and a 41-member consultant group of 1000’s of farmers protesting on Delhi borders, Tomar stated at the very least 50 % decision has been reached with mutual settlement on two out of 4 objects on the agenda and discussions would proceed on the remaining two on 4 January at 2 pm.

Thousands of farmers, primarily from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting at varied borders of the nationwide capital for greater than a month in opposition to these three new legal guidelines.

The authorities has offered these legal guidelines as main agriculture reforms aimed toward serving to farmers and rising their earnings, however the protesting unions worry that the brand new legislations have left them on the mercy of huge corporates by weakening the MSP and mandi programs.

With inputs from PTI

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