The government’s proposal to amend three new farm laws have been rejected by the agitating farmers who said they would step up protests. The protesting farmers have been saying these laws would harm their economic interests while helping big food retailers.The plans involve closure of the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, boycott of Reliance malls and capture of toll plazas.
By December 14, there will be a full-scale protest across the country, the farmers said.
Farmers have been demonstrating since late last month over reforms enacted in September that loosened rules around the sale, pricing and storage of farm produce.
Here are the live updates on farmers’ protests:
The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has backed the farmer unions over their rejection of proposals sent by the government for changes in farm laws and said the ruling alliance at the Centre should unconditionally withdraw the three controversial Acts and accept all the other demands of the farmers.
The SAD said it “fully backs the farmers” rejection of the proposals sent by the Government of India”, saying that these proposals were nothing but “delaying and diversionary tactics and tricks” which have rightly been rejected by the farmers.
In a statement, SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said that there was nothing new in these proposals.
Union minister Raosaheb Danve on Wednesday claimed that China and Pakistan were behind the ongoing protests by farmers, who are seeking repeal of three new farm laws.
He also alleged that Muslims were earlier misled over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), but as those efforts did not succeed, now farmers were being told that they will face losses due to the new laws.
Mr Danve was speaking at the inauguration of a health centre at Kolte Takli in Badnapur taluka of Maharashtra’s Jalna district.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar today said the government is sensitive to the concerns of farmers as he expressed hope that ongoing deliberations with them, which he termed a “work in progress”, over the three agriculture-related laws will yield some results soon.
He said the government has held several rounds of talks with the farmers agitating against the three legislations and is keen to resolve their issues.
“When the talks and negotiations are taking place, it is considered a work in progress. There is no running commentary on any such work in progress,” he told reporters at a Cabinet briefing in Delhi.
Protesting farmers have unanimously rejected the Centre’s written offer of amendments in farm laws, and announced a series of plans to escalate their protest. The plans involve closure of the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, boycott of Reliance malls and capture of toll plazas.
By December 14, there will be a full-scale protest across the country, they said. The decision was taken at a meeting after the Centre sent a written proposal laying out a series of amendments, an idea turned down by farmers who demand scrapping of the laws.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, whose meeting with farmers was inconclusive Tuesday, had a two-and-half-hour meeting with Agriculture minister Narendra Tomar and Commerce minister Piyush Goyal yesterday evening.