NEW DELHI: The farmers have begun their convention on 26thAugust at the Singhu Border. This is to mark the completion of nine months of their demands. It is a two day event which will welcome the support of several farmers from different parts of the nation, youth, workers and people related to the agricultural sector. The convention aims to bring together people who will facilitate the intensification of the movement.
Innumerable farmers have been protesting on the borders of the nat capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws. Their main demands are as follows:
- The first demand is the annulment of three new agricultural laws. The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Simplification) Act 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agreement on Agricultural Services Act 2020, and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020. Farmers believe that there is no benefit in these laws for them.
2. The second demand of farmers is the guarantee MSP (minimum support price (MSP) for crops. Farmers want a guarantee of MSP from the central government.
3. Revoking the Electricity (Amendment) Bill.
4. Increasing the MSP to at least 50% more than the average cost of production, also known as the C2+ 50% formula.
Even after 10 rounds of dialogue between the Centre and the farmers, the issue has not been resolved. The two parties are still at loggerheads , and haven’t been able to come to a common ground.
It is sad that it’s been nine months but the government is till not ready to talk. But we should not feel demotivated. During this convention we will reflect on what we have lost and what we have gained over the last nine months “ said (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait.
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