“We have decided to postpone our movement against the new agricultural reform laws for a month at this moment.” Pawan Thakur, leader of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Kisan group, told NDTV after an hour-long meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar amid protests by thousands of farmers and hundreds of farmers’ organizations on the Delhi border. The agriculture minister said after the meeting that the farmer leaders were a bit confused about the new law, which ended after the meeting.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said farmers were spreading confusion about the new law in many places. There was also confusion in the minds of these people. When I put this topic, he said that we fully support the bill here too and now we will inform the farmers about the bills. No one needs to be misled.
In Uttar Pradesh, agitations and protests against the new agricultural laws are being staged in only 10 to 12 districts by the Indian Farmers Union group. In the last one week or so, the agriculture minister has held more than five meetings with farmers’ organizations supporting the new agrarian reform law. However, during Tuesday’s meeting, leaders of the Indian Farmers’ Union (IFU) Kisan Group demanded some amendments to the laws relating to new agricultural reforms and enactment of new MSP laws in the country.
“We have given a statement to the agriculture minister in which we have made six demands,” Thakur told NDTV. We have demanded before the Minister of Agriculture that a new law be made on MSP. We have given the government a month.
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers on Delhi’s borders have been protesting against the withdrawal of the three new laws. On Tuesday, Assocham appealed to the government and farmers’ organizations to close the gap, saying that sealing the borders of protesters and farmers was badly affecting industries in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and causing economic losses of about Rs 3,500 crore every day.