New Delhi: On the one hand, there is a farmers ‘movement against the new agricultural laws (farmer protests), on the other hand, many farmers’ organizations have come out in support of the laws. Even today, with the meeting of Agriculture Minister Narendrasinh Tomar, farmers have supported the new agriculture law. Leaders of the Indian Farmers Union (Kisan) have appealed to the Agriculture Minister not to repeal the Agriculture Act. On the other hand, the farmers on the Singhu border have announced to intensify the agitation and formulate a strategy ahead.
‘Law not repealed’
Agriculture Minister Narendrasinh Tomar said that the leaders of the Indian Farmers’ Union had arrived at Krishi Bhavan to meet him. During this time they have all strongly supported these laws. He said that a great work has been done under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Farmers have given their full support to the new law. Earlier also, Haryana farmers’ organizations had met the agriculture minister and handed over letters in support of the new law. The government says the law is in the interest of farmers.
‘Farmers are benefiting’
Speaking at the Agro-Food Processing Summit organized by the Agrovision Foundation through virtual media, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the country’s farmers would benefit from the reforms introduced in the agricultural sector by the new law implemented by the central government. Regarding the farmers ‘movement, the Union Agriculture Minister said, “Some farmers’ organizations are running the movement, explaining the benefits to the farmers. In the years to come, the agricultural world will benefit greatly from these reforms and it will prove to be very beneficial for the farmers.
The screaming border has been closed since yesterday
Farmers, on the other hand, are stuck in all the border areas of the NCR. They are not ready to back down from their demands, the government is constantly demanding the law be withdrawn. Even 5-6 rounds of talks between the farmers and the government have completely failed. The farmers have also returned the government’s written proposal. After the closure of India, on December 14, farmers staged a nationwide protest. Now the farmers have announced the complete closure of the screaming border. The Uttar Pradesh Farmers’ Union has announced the complete closure of the Chilla border tomorrow (December 16). The farmers’ union has warned that the government will not be able to stand before us. This is just the government of Ambani and Adani.
13-14 farmer ‘martyrs’!
A meeting of farmers’ organizations was held at Delhi’s Singhu border today. During the meeting, farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dhalewala said that two meetings have been held at Punjab and country level. At these meetings, tributes were paid to the farmers who were ‘martyred’ during the agitation. He claimed that one farmer is being martyred every day, so far 13-14 farmers have been ‘martyred’. Targeting the government, farmer leader Shipal Amawata said, “This government is anti-farmer. He said the ordinance should be returned as it is brought. There will be silence for the farmer brothers who lost their lives during the 20th Endon. “We have gathered here for sacrifice,” he said.
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What are the demands
Explain, among the three new laws enacted by the central government, the leaders of farmers’ organizations are demanding that the Farmers Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Security) Price Assurance and the Agricultural Services Agreement Act. 2020 and the Essentials (Amendment) Act 2020. However, the list of demands of farmers is long. Leaders of farmers’ organizations are also demanding a new law to guarantee the purchase of all proposed crops at the Minimum Support Price (MSP), while the government has given a written assurance to continue the current system of crop procurement at MSP. In addition, its demands include the abolition of provisions for stricter fines and penalties in the ordinance relating to stubble burning and the withdrawal of electricity (amendment) bills.