Eighth spherical of talks between Centre, farmers fail to interrupt month-long impasse; subsequent meet on 15 Jan


As per the account of farm leaders, Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, acknowledged on the outset that the federal government cannot and won’t contemplate repealing the legal guidelines

The eighth spherical of negotiations between protesting farmers and Centre additionally ended with none conclusion, as neither events agreed to budge from their stand on the important thing demand of repeal of the three contentious farm legislations. In reality, little or no headway could possibly be made in Friday’s assembly, if the account of a number of the members of the delegation is taken as an correct illustration of the day’s occasions.

As per the account of farm leaders, Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar acknowledged on the outset that the federal government can not and won’t contemplate repealing the legal guidelines.

Tomar, who had additionally met Home Minister Amit Shah earlier than conducting talks with farmers, reportedly took a agency stand that the federal government was solely excited by a clause-by-clause dialogue on contentious matters inside the legal guidelines.

However, the farmers, who’ve been delicate in regards to the difficulty of complete roll again of those legislations, took umbrage at this angle and determined to dish out the silent therapy to the three Union ministers current within the assembly. As per PTI, after Tomar’s preliminary remarks, the farmers’ delegation sat their in full silence, holding placards declaring, “We will either win, or die.”

Eighth rounds of talks fail

Sticking to their key demand of the repeal of three farm legal guidelines to finish their protest, farmer leaders on Friday advised the federal government their “ghar wapsi” can occur solely after “law wapsi” however the Centre insisted talks should be restricted to contentious clauses and dominated out an entire withdrawal of Acts.

At the eighth spherical of negotiations with the 41-member consultant group of protesting farmers, the federal government asserted the farm reform legal guidelines have been welcomed by a big part of farmers in varied states and requested the unions to consider the pursuits of all the nation.

Apart from Tomar, Minister for Railways, Commerce and Food Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who’s an MP from Punjab, are holding talks with unions at Vigyan Bhawan within the coronary heart of the National Capital, whereas 1000’s of farmers have stayed put at varied Delhi borders to protest in opposition to the three legal guidelines they discover pro-corporate and in opposition to the present mandi and MSP procurement methods.

At the outset, Tomar appealed to unions for discussions on the legal guidelines, whereas farm leaders reiterated their demand that the brand new Acts should be withdrawn, sources stated, including that the agriculture minister pressured on defending the farmers’ curiosity of all the nation.

“Our ‘ghar wapsi‘ (return to home) can happen only if you do ‘law wapsi‘ (repeal of laws),” a farmer chief stated on the assembly.

“Ideally, the Centre should not interfere in agriculture matters as various Supreme Court orders have declared farming as a state subject. It seems you (the government) do not want to resolve the issue as talks have been happening for so many days. In that case, please give us a clear answer and we will go. Why to waste everyone’s time,” one other farmer chief stated on the assembly.

All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) member Kavitha Kuruganti, who was additionally current within the assembly, stated the federal government has advised unions that it cannot and won’t repeal these legal guidelines.

Around one hour after the assembly, the three ministers stepped out of the dialogue corridor for their very own inside consultations, after union leaders determined to look at silence whereas holding out papers with slogans together with ‘Jeetenge ya Marenge‘ (We will both win or die).

The union leaders, nonetheless, refused to take a lunch break and stayed put within the assembly room, a supply stated.

Another union chief Hannan Mollah stated farmers are able to battle until loss of life and going to courtroom was not an possibility. He stated the farmer unions will meet on 11 January to determine their subsequent plan of action.

Jai Kisan Andolan union chief Ravinder Kaur was seen crying after the assembly and stated many moms have misplaced their sons and lots of daughters have misplaced their fathers.

On 4 January, the seventh spherical of talks ended inconclusively because the unions caught to their demand for an entire repeal of three farm legal guidelines, whereas the federal government needed to debate solely the “problematic” clauses or different options to finish the stalemate.

Before that, within the sixth spherical of talks held on 30 December final yr, some widespread floor was reached on two calls for — decriminalisation of stubble-burning and continuation of energy subsidies.

Earlier within the day, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhury had hoped {that a} decision will come out of Friday’s assembly.

“I am hopeful that a resolution will be reached at Friday’s meeting. We could have ended the deadlock by now had the protesting farmer unions discussed the issues raised at the first meeting,” he advised PTI.

Choudhury additionally stated there was no demand for the repeal of the three farm legal guidelines on the first assembly and this demand got here up a lot later.

Just earlier than the assembly, Kuruganti had stated: “If no solution arrived in today’s meeting, we will continue with our plan of tractor rally on 26 January.”

“Our main demand is the repeal of the laws. We will not accept any amendments. The government is taking it as a prestige issue and not taking back the laws. But this is a life and death question for all farmers. There is no change in our stand since the beginning,” she added.

Tomar says no determination at meet as unions didn’t supply options to repeal of legal guidelines 

Speaking to reporters after the assembly that lasted for little over two hours, Tomar stated the federal government continues to be hopeful that union leaders will include options to debate within the subsequent spherical of talks on 15 January. But, he just about dominated out repeal of the legal guidelines saying many different teams throughout the nation are supporting these reforms.

On whether or not the federal government made a proposal to farmers to affix a pending case in Supreme Court on points associated to farmers’ protest, Tomar stated the federal government didn’t make any such suggestion however it’s at all times dedicated to observe no matter is set by the Supreme Court.

The agitating farmers took out tractor rallies on Thursday to press their demand for a rollback of the legal guidelines, whereas the Centre asserted that it was prepared to think about any proposal aside from a repeal of the legislations.

Thousands of farmers, primarily from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at varied border factors of Delhi for over a month now in opposition to the three legal guidelines, regardless of the chilly climate and heavy rains.

Enacted in September 2020, the federal government has introduced these legal guidelines as main farm reforms geared toward rising farmers’ revenue, however the protesting farmers have raised considerations that these legislations would weaken the minimal assist worth (MSP) and “mandi” (wholesale market) methods and go away them on the mercy of massive firms.

The authorities has maintained that these apprehensions are misplaced and has dominated out a repeal of the legal guidelines.

While a number of opposition events and other people from different walks of life have come out in assist of the farmers, some farmer teams have met the agriculture minister over the previous few weeks to increase their assist to the three legal guidelines.

The authorities had despatched a draft proposal to the protesting farmer unions final month, suggesting seven-eight amendments to the brand new legal guidelines and a written assurance on the MSP procurement system.

With inputs from PTI

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