Today is the 56th day of the farmer movement against agricultural laws. The 11th round of talks with the government of leaders of 40 farmer organizations is going on at Vigyan Bhavan. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash are present in the meeting.
There was no result of the conversation till before lunch. If the farmers were adamant about withdrawing the law, the government also reiterated the change in the laws. Farmers said that the government was running away from discussion on minimum support price (MSP). Farmer leaders also opposed sending notices on behalf of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to the people associated with the movement. On this, the ministers said that they will find out about it.
2 More Farmers Killed
The elderly farmer Dhanna Singh, who was involved in demonstrations at the Tikari border, died on Wednesday, the cause of death is not yet known. Meanwhile, 42-year-old farmer Jai Bhagwan Rana also died. Rana, who hails from Rohtak district, ate Poison on Tuesday. He was involved in a demonstration at the ticking border. Rana wrote in the suicide note – Now this movement is no more but has become a battle of issues. There is no solution in the talks with the central government of the farmers.
The expert committee will hold its first meeting with farmers tomorrow On Tuesday, 3 members of the committee formed by the Supreme Court to resolve the issue of agricultural laws held the first meeting in Delhi. It considered further processing, how and when meetings would be held, how to take suggestions, and to prepare reports. According to the committee, on January 21, the committee will meet with farmer organizations. Farmers who will not come will also visit them. A portal has been created for taking online suggestions. Farmers’ suggestions will be taken by 15 March.
Earlier, the petition was heard in the Supreme Court on the plea to change the committee members citing personal opinion in favor of laws. Chief Justice SA Bobde said that a person cannot be disqualified for being a member of the committee due to his earlier views.
What happened in the last 10 Meetings with the Farmers’ Government?
1st Round: 14 October
What happened: Agriculture Secretary Narendra Singh Tomar replaced Agriculture Secretary in the meeting. Farmers’ organizations boycotted the meeting. He wanted to talk to the Agriculture Minister only.
2nd Round: 13 November
What happened: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal held a meeting with farmer organizations. The conversation lasted for 7 hours but did not yield any results.
3rd Round: December 1
What happened: Talked for three hours. The government suggested forming an expert committee, but the farmers’ organizations remained adamant about repealing all three laws.
4th Round: 3 December
What happened: The conversation lasted for 7 and a half hours. The government promised that there would be no tampering with the MSP. The farmers had said that the government should cancel the three laws along with the guarantee on the MSP.
5th Round: 5th December
What happened: The government agreed to give a written guarantee on MSP, but the farmers clearly said that the government should answer yes or no if the law is repealed.
6th Round: 8 December
What happened: Home Minister Amit Shah met on the day of Bharat Bandh. The next day the government proposed 22 pages, but the peasant organizations turned it down.
7th Round: 30 December
What happened: Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal held a meeting with 40 representatives of farmer organizations. Differences persisted on two issues, but two were agreed upon.
8th Round: 4th January
What happened: In the meeting that lasted 4 hours, the farmers were adamant on the demand for withdrawal of the law. After the meeting was over, the Agriculture Minister said that the clap rings with both hands.
9th Round: 8 January
What Happened: The conversation remained inconclusive. The farmers took a stance in the meeting. Farmer leaders also put up posters in the meeting, which was written in Gurmukhi – Will die or win. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also admitted that the matter is stuck on 50% of the issues.
10th Round: 15 January
What happened: The meeting lasted for about 4 hours. The farmers were adamant about returning the law. While appealing to farmers, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that we have accepted some of your demands. Instead of sticking to the same demand for the return of law, you should also accept some of our things.
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