Mumbai: Agitating farmer groups have rejected the revised government’s proposal of MSP and mandi system. The protests and blockades issued by farmers will now intensify, the farmers’ groups announced on Wednesday after rejecting the proposal.
Farmers union leaders held a meeting on Thursday and said they would soon announce a date for blocking rail tracks across the country.
Farmer leader Buta Singh while addressing a press conference said, “If our demands are not met, we will block the railway tracks. We will decide on the date and announce it soon. The blocking of tracks will not be limited to Haryana and Punjab but it will be done across the country.”
Meanwhile, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday once again urged agitating farmers to end the deadlock on the three agricultural laws, stating that they were hopeful of a resolution.
“Our proposal is with them (farmers), they discussed it but we have not received any reply from them. We came to know through the media that they declined the offer. Yesterday I said that if they want, we can definitely talk about the proposal,” Tomar said in a press briefing.
The minister further said that the government is yet to receive a proposal for a new round of talks from the farmers.
Leaders of the Centre and the farm union were scheduled to meet Wednesday morning for the sixth time to discuss farm laws, but the meeting was later canceled. However, both sides said that they are open to talks.
“I think will find a solution. I am hopeful. I would like to urge the farmer unions that they should break the deadlock. The government has sent them a proposal. If there is an objection over the provisions of an Act, the discussion is held over it,” he added.