The Agriculture Minister and the leaders of farmers‘ organizations say that the talks between the government and farmers on Saturday on the agricultural laws have ended, after which the two sides will meet on Wednesday, December 9 for the sixth round of talks.
Farmers have been protesting in the capital and its surrounding areas for the last ten days to demand the withdrawal of new agricultural laws. Farmers say that this law will affect their livelihood. Farmers are not ready to back down from their demands.
Thousands of protesting farmers have gathered on several roads connecting Delhi to neighboring states. Farmers have closed many roads and blocked national highways in many places.
The Modi government says that the new agricultural laws will improve the old ways of buying grain and the farmer will be able to sell his produce at a good price as he wishes.
Senior farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dhaliwal said that the farmers have made it clear to the government that they want the three agricultural laws to be withdrawn.
According to the farmer leaders who came out of Vigyan Bhavan after the meeting, the central government says that they will send them a proposal on 9 December. Farmer leaders will discuss the proposal and discuss it with farmers on the same day.
At the same time, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, who was involved in the conversation, has said that the next round of talks between the two sides will be held on Wednesday. He said that the government is serious about the interests of farmers and they are considering the issues of farmers.
On Saturday, before the fifth round of talks, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal had an important meeting.
These meetings attended an important meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence in New Delhi.
Experts believe that the farmer protests led by influential farmer organizations of Punjab and Haryana are a test of Modi government’s ability to improve agriculture.
The agriculture sector contributes about 15 per cent to India’s $ 29 trillion economy and this sector employs half of the country’s 130 million population.
The farmers fear that the new agricultural law will completely eliminate the mandi-controlled system and the government will stop buying paddy and wheat from farmers at the minimum support price (MSP), which will mean that the farmers will be directly transferred to private traders Will be forced to sell their products.
One of the important demands of the farmers is that the government withdraw these laws and the government should continue to purchase on the MSP.