The government is very concerned about the welfare of women farmers protesting on the Delhi outskirts, the Minister of Women and Children Development Smriti Irani told Rajya Sabha on Thursday. In reply to a question, Irani said that given the severe weather conditions and the new crown virus pandemic, the Ministry of Agriculture has appealed to protest the farmers’ unions asking women to go home.
“The government has always been very anxious about the welfare of women farmers. The Ministry of Agriculture and Agricultural Welfare asked them to take into account the severe weather conditions and the Covid pandemic in discussions with the farmers’ union, and asked them to let children and the elderly, especially women, go home,” Irani said in a written response.
“Basic services care about the condition of citizens, including the condition of female farmers, and are provided by interested local agencies and state governments/UT,” she added. Thousands of farmers across the country have been protesting at the three border points in Delhi – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – against their claims that they will repeal the three farm laws that support the minimum support price system, leaving them at the mercy of big companies. .
More than 10 rounds of negotiations with the government have been formulating laws for major agricultural reforms and have failed to break the deadlock between the two sides.