Declaring that they’re steadfastly on the warpath, farmer unions on Thursday categorically rejected the federal government proposals to amend the three contentious agriculture-marketing legal guidelines they need abrogated. Even after agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar mentioned the door for discussions “are nonetheless open” and that additional adjustments within the legal guidelines might be made, farmer leaders mentioned they’d intensify their agitation in opposition to the legal guidelines with a nationwide protest on December 14.
The unions added that they’d block the Jaipur-Delhi and the Delhi-Agra expressways “on or earlier than December 12,” and all of the roads getting into into the nationwide capital, one-by-one, if their calls for are unmet.
Farmer chief Shiv Kumar Kakka informed media right here that there was nothing new within the authorities’s proposals despatched to them on Wednesday, and that these was “utterly rejected” by the “Sanyukta Kisan Committee”. Jangvir Singh, chief of one other union, nonetheless, mentioned the unions would possibly take into account if the federal government despatched one other proposal.
All of the 40-odd farmers unions who’ve come collectively below the Samyukta Kisan Morcha would talk about their technique additional on Saturday.
Addressing the media to make the federal government’s stand clear, Tomar mentioned: “It’s not proper to announce agitation when talks are taking place. The talks are nonetheless on. There isn’t a break-down. Farmers ought to specific their views throughout the discussions, as we’re prepared with an open thoughts to debate all points at any discussion board.”
He, nonetheless, asserted the legal guidelines received’t be scrapped, although the farmer unions are disinclined to just accept something much less. “No regulation is totally unhealthy. We’re nonetheless prepared to debate any particular clauses within the legal guidelines on which farmers have objections.” The minister additionally reiterated that there was “no relation between MSP with these legal guidelines”, including, “these legal guidelines should not going to affect the present MSP procurement system. “We’re prepared to offer it (the promise no menace to MSP) in writing. Concerning making MSP authorized, this isn’t the subject of dialogue in the meanwhile”.
Commerce and meals minister Piyush Goyal mentioned there are additionally farmers who help the legal guidelines that give them freedom of option to promote produce wherever within the nation. Goyal cited the latest panchayat election leads to Rajasthan and mentioned the victory of BJP exhibits that rural inhabitants welcomed the farm legal guidelines.
Amongst different concessions supplied to farmers, the federal government had mentioned it will amend the legal guidelines to empower states to make guidelines for registration of merchants, and levy identical charges/cess as in APMC mandis on non-public market yards. Additionally, dispute decision could be introduced below the judiciary and credit score in opposition to infrastructure constructed on contracted farm land could be disallowed to allay the farmer’s fears of lack of possession/possession of their lands.
Additionally, the federal government would guarantee continuation of present electrical energy fee system even after modification within the regulation involved. On one other important concern on heavy penalty proposed for stubble burning, the federal government mentioned the difficulty could be suitably addressed. An Ordinance on this regard was promulgated after an order of the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal, whereby Rs 1-crore penalty and 5 years’ imprisonment have been proposed for stubble burning.
Disapproving of the farmers’ unions determination to accentuate the agitation when “talks are persevering with,” Tomar urged farmers to return to their houses in view of antagonistic climate situations amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Elaborating the proposals despatched to some farmer leaders on Wednesday, Tomar mentioned though the leaders didn’t share any particular strategies with regard to totally different provisions within the three legal guidelines in query, the federal government made the proposals on the premise of factors mentioned throughout 5 rounds of conferences held earlier.
“We have now not acquired any letter from the federal government and we’ll talk about it amongst ourselves if the federal government ship any invite for talks. Nevertheless, many of the farmer leaders are of the view that after 50 hours of discussions, the federal government has not been providing what we wish. The protest plan will proceed as introduced on Wednesday,” Shiv Kumar Sharma, president of Rashtriya Kisan Mahashangha, mentioned.
(With company inputs)