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Ready to hold talks but stand remains similar, say farmer leaders | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Protesting farmer leaders on Wednesday reiterated {that a} full repeal of three farm legal guidelines and authorized assure on MSP are their primary calls for, after the federal government stated it was prepared to resume talks and requested them to level out their objections to the provisions of laws.
“Our main demands have always been the repeal of the three laws and a written guarantee on MSP. These are the main issues, and this why we are protesting, and we will keep protesting. We are prepared to continue till 2024.
“Our stand remains the identical. Repeal the three legal guidelines, give us a written assure on MSP, if the federal government is prepared to discuss on this, then we’re prepared. Now, it’s up to the federal government to resolve in regards to the assembly,” said farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said the government is ready to resume talks with protesting farmers but asked the unions to point out their objections to the provisions of the three farm laws with sound logic.
Kakka, however pointed out that the problems with laws had already been pointed out in the 11 rounds of talks that had happened between the government and the farmers.
“The authorities doesn’t need us to inform the issues with the legal guidelines. That we’ve got already completed. It basically needs to discuss to us solely whether it is about something in addition to the black legal guidelines. We have sacrificed greater than 555 farmers, and have sat in protest for over six months, so the agriculture minister’s assertion as we speak is unusual and irresponsible,” the farmer leader said.
The last round of talks were held on January 22 to break the deadlock and end the farmers’ protest. Talks have not resumed following widespread violence during a tractor rally by protesting farmers on January 26.
Talking about the government’s approach towards resolving the deadlock on the farmers’ issue, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) in a statement on Wednesday said that the government’s attitude towards resolving the issue was “anti-farmer”.
“While the prime minister superciliously says that the federal government is only one name away, the true anti-farmer angle of the federal government may be very obvious. Protesting farmers repeat and reiterate that the federal government’s angle is unjustifiable and unreasonable, and is resting on ego and optics’ video games. Farmers demand a full repeal of the three central legal guidelines and a brand new laws to assure MSP for all farmers,” the SKM stated in a press release.
Thousands of farmers, primarily from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been tenting at Delhi’s borders for greater than six months in protest in opposition to the three legal guidelines that they say will finish state procurement of crops at MSP. The Supreme Court has placed on hold the implementation of the three legal guidelines until additional orders and arrange a committee to discover options.



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