Mumbai: Farmers are firm on their demand about repealing the three agriculture laws passed by the Centre, following which protesting farmers on Monday launched a day-long hunger strike against three new agricultural laws
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said that the government will hold further talks and intends to discuss with farmers’ leaders on the clause of the agricultural laws.
Ten organizations from various states like Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Bihar, and Haryana, associated with the All India Farmers Coordination Committee, have recently given their support to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday to extend their support on three farm laws enacted by the government recently.
The committee submitted a memorandum to Tomar stating that in some parts of the country, particularly some elements in the farmers’ movement in Delhi, were trying to create misunderstandings among farmers about agricultural laws.
The memorandum urged the government not to withdraw the three laws under pressure from the farmers’ movement in some parts of the country.
“Because, if it happens, farmers from different parts of the country will be obliged to come to the streets for their rights,” it said.
Agriculture Minister Tomar said after the meeting that the members of the All India Farmers Coordination Committee came from Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Maharashtra, Bihar. “They supported the farm bill and gave us a letter. He said that the Modi government has done this for the welfare of the farmers and they welcome and support it,” he said.
When asked about the meeting with the protesting farmers, Tomar said that the government has said that it is ready for talks.
“We have said that we are ready to negotiate. The government will do it if their (farmer unions’) proposal comes…We want the discussions to be held clause by clause. They will give their opinion on our proposal, we will hold further talks,” he said.
Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws-Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.