The government said Tuesday that it will continue discussions with the peasant union protesting to resolve the three new agricultural laws passed by parliament in September last year. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar (Narendra Singh Tomar) stated in a written response to the Lok Sabha on various issues related to the farmers’ protests that so far the government has held 11 rounds of negotiations with the agitated trade unions of farmers to solve these problems.
“The government has been conducting serious, sensitive and active discussions with the farmers ‘unions to solve these problems. In multiple rounds of discussions, the government has continuously asked the farmers’ unions to discuss the provisions of the Farm Bill so that if there are objections to any of the provisions, they can proceed. Resolve these problems. “Said the minister, adding that the farmers’ union only insisted on repealing the agricultural law.
“The government is always willing to discuss with farmers’ unions and will continue to discuss with agitating farmers to solve problems,” Tomar said. In many rounds of discussions with the farmers’ union, the minister stated that the government has emphasized that instead of insisting on repealing the law, the union should discuss their concerns about the provisions of the agricultural law so that your concerns can be resolved.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana, and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi border for more than seven months to protest their claims that the three laws will end the state’s support for buying crops at the lowest prices. (MSP). The Supreme Court has suspended enforcement of these three laws until a new order is issued and a committee has been established to find a solution.
In the 10th round of talks held on January 20, the center proposed to suspend the law for 1 – 1.5 years and set up a joint committee to find a solution in exchange for protesting the return of farmers from the Delhi border to their homes. The Farmers’ Union has been opposing all three laws: the Agricultural Products Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers Protection and Promotion Agreement on Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services in 2020, and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020, and ‘The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The request to encourage farmers’ unions is to repeal three agricultural laws, place farmers in addition to the straw burning penalty clauses in the Regulations of the National Capital Region and Adjacent Regions for Air Quality Management in 2020, withdraw the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Act 2020, and Issues related to purchasing at the lowest support price (MSP). “Putting farmers’ interests first, the government’s video letter to the farmers’ union on December 9, 2020 explains one by one how the Indian government’s proposal addresses farmers’ concerns.
“The government also proposes to establish a representative of the farmers ‘unions The group, they can review the agricultural laws one by one within the specified time, and they can also consider other issues related to the farmers, but the representatives of the farmers’ union have not yet they have agreed. However, the farmers union has never agreed to discuss farm laws unless they are required to be repealed, “Tomar said.
The Minister stated that these laws aim to provide an ecosystem that allows farmers to enjoy the freedom of choice related to the sale of farmers’ products, to sell their products through competitive alternative channels, thus promoting the provision of profitable prices to farmers.
“These agricultural laws will promote that traders, processors, exporters, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), agricultural cooperatives, etc., buy directly from farmers in the commercial zone to increase their income due to the reduction of supply chains and marketing costs. “he added.