Three union ministers joined farm leaders on Wednesday to share ‘langar’ meals organized by protesting farmers throughout their sixth spherical of talks to resolve the impasse over new farm legal guidelines.
The ‘langar’ (neighborhood kitchen) meals arrived in a van on the assembly venue, Vigyan Bhawan, after round two hours of discussions had taken place and the 2 sides took a break for tea and snacks.
Sources current on the venue mentioned that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Meals and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash joined the farmer leaders to share their langar meals through the break.
Farmer leaders mentioned that the talks had been persevering with and so they had been going ‘agenda clever’.
Earlier than begin of the assembly, some union leaders had mentioned farmers in some components of the nation are being pressured to promote crops together with paddy under the Minimal Assist Value as market charges have fallen and asserted that the agitation will proceed until the federal government agrees to their calls for.
“After new farm legal guidelines had been applied in Uttar Pradesh, costs of crops have fallen by 50 per cent. Crops are being purchased at under MSP. Paddy is being bought at Rs 800 per quintal. We are going to increase these points within the assembly,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait advised reporters.
“We won’t go away Delhi until our calls for are met. We are going to have a good time New 12 months at borders” he mentioned.
Punjab farmer chief Baldev Singh Sirsa got here for the assembly carrying placards of media experiences of fraudulent circumstances reported in Guna and Hosangabad after implementation of the brand new legal guidelines.
“We don’t have any new agenda. The federal government is maligning us by saying farmers aren’t coming for talks. So we gave December 29 date for talks. We have now given them our clear agenda however the authorities is insisting that legal guidelines are helpful for farmers,” Sirsa mentioned.
Exhibiting media experiences, he mentioned extra fraudulent circumstances are being reported after the implementation of the brand new legal guidelines and these points can be raised within the assembly.
The assembly between three union ministers and representatives of 41 farmer teams started at round 2.30 pm at Vigyan Bhawan.
Tomar is heading the federal government aspect, which additionally included Goyal and Parkash, who’s an MP from Punjab.
The sixth spherical of talks between the 2 sides is being held after an enormous hole. The fifth spherical of talks was held on December 5.
The protesting farmer unions are sticking to their place that the discussions will solely be on the modalities of repealing the three new agri legal guidelines and giving a authorized assure on the MSP amongst different points.
On Monday, the Centre invited the unions for the following spherical of talks on December 30 on all related points to discover a “logical resolution” with an “open thoughts” to the extended deadlock over the three new agri legal guidelines that had been enacted in September.
However in its letter on Tuesday, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella organisation which represents the farmer unions, mentioned the modalities for repealing the three contentious legal guidelines and a authorized assure on minimal help worth (MSP) should be a part of the agenda.
The sixth spherical of talks was initially scheduled for December 9 nevertheless it was referred to as off after an off-the-cuff assembly of House Minister Shah with some union leaders failed to succeed in any breakthrough.
The federal government had, nonetheless, adopted up Shah’s assembly with a draft proposal despatched to those farmer unions during which it had urged 7-8 amendments to the brand new legal guidelines and written assurance on the MSP procurement system. The federal government has dominated out a repeal of the three agri legal guidelines.
1000’s of farmers, primarily from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting at varied borders of the nationwide capital for greater than a month towards these three new legal guidelines.
The federal government has offered these legal guidelines as main agriculture reforms aimed toward serving to farmers and rising their revenue, however the protesting unions worry that the brand new legislations have left them on the mercy of massive corporates by weakening the MSP and mandi techniques.