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Farm Leaders Reject Govt’s Proposal To Put Agricultural Laws On Hold For 1.5 yrs

Mumbai: Sanyukt Kisan Morcha in a full general body meeting on Thursday rejected the government’s proposal to put agricultural laws on hold for a year and a half.

On Wednesday, during a meeting with the protesting farmers, the Center proposed that it can suspend the laws for 1.5 years. However, it clarified that the government was not ready to repeal the agricultural laws.

“In a full general assembly of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the proposal proposed by the government was rejected yesterday. A complete repeal of three laws for all farmers and a full repeal of the law for full MSP was repeated as the agitation pending demands,” Samyukta Kisan Morcha said in a statement.

Farmer leader Joginder S. Ugrahan said that ‘no government proposal will be accepted unless they revoke the law’.

He was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “In tomorrow’s meeting, we will say that we have only one demand, to repeal the laws and legally authorize the MSP. All these have been unanimously decided.”

The ongoing agitation over the three farm laws, namely, Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, has been going on for almost two months as the farmer bodies have been demanding that the laws be rolled back.

The government has, however, said that it is willing to make amendments to the farm laws, but is unwilling to roll them back.

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