New Delhi: On the one hand, the peasant movement against the new agricultural law continues (on the other hand, the peasant struggle), many peasant organizations have come out in support of these laws. Even today, in the meeting of Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the farmers have supported the new agricultural law. Leaders of the Indian Farmers’ Union (IFU) have appealed to the agriculture minister not to repeal the agriculture law. On the other hand, farmers along the Sinha border have announced to intensify the movement and have formulated a strategy ahead.
‘Law not repealed’
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the leaders of the Indian Farmers’ Union had gathered at Krishi Bhawan. At 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 fully supported the new law. Earlier, farmers’ organizations in Haryana met the agriculture minister and submitted a letter in support of the new law. The government says the law is in the interest of farmers.
‘Farmers are benefiting’
Speaking at the Agriculture Food Processing Summit organized by the Agriculture Foundation through virtual media, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the reforms brought in the agricultural sector through the new law implemented by the central government will benefit the farmers of the country. Regarding the farmers ‘movement, the Union Agriculture Minister said, “Some farmers’ organizations are carrying out the movement, which is explaining the benefits to the farmers.” In the years to come, the agricultural world will benefit greatly from these reforms and will prove to be extremely beneficial to those farmers.
The border was closed the next day
On the other hand, farmers are blocked in all border areas of NCR. They are not ready to back down from their demands, the farmers are constantly demanding the government to take back the law. The talks-6 rounds of talks between the farmers and the government have also failed completely. Farmers have also withdrawn the government’s written proposal. After the closure of India, on December 1, farmers staged a nationwide demonstration. Farmers have announced to close the border completely. Uttar Pradesh Kisan Union has announced to close Chilla border completely tomorrow (December 1). The farmers’ union has warned that the government may stand in front of us. This is the only government of Ambani and Adani.
1-14-1-14 Farmer ‘Martyr’!
Today was a meeting of farmers’ organizations at the Sinha border in Delhi. During the meeting, farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dhalewala said that two meetings are being held at Punjab and national level. In these meetings, tributes were paid to the brothers who were ‘martyred’ during the peasant movement. He claimed that one farmer is being martyred every day, so far 1 13-1-14 farmers have been ‘martyred’. Farmer leader Ish Shipal Amawat, while targeting the government, said, “This government is anti-farmer, the country’s farmers are awake.” He said that the ordinance should be returned as it was brought. On the 20th, silence will be observed for the farmer brothers who lost their lives during Andon. “We are here to make sacrifices,” he said.
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What are the demands?
Among the three new laws implemented by the central government, the leaders of the farmers’ organizations have demanded the Farmers Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Agreement Act. 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020. However, the demand list of farmers is long. Leaders of farmers’ organizations are also demanding new legislation to guarantee all notified crop purchases at the Minimum Support Price (MSP), while the government has given written assurances to continue the current system of crop procurement in MSPs. He also demanded that the ordinance repeal the provision of strict fines and penalties and withdraw the Electricity (Amendment) Bill.