New Delhi: The agitating farmers on Tuesday wrote to the Central government, ahead of the sixth round of dialogue scheduled between the two sides for December 30, saying that the discussion will only be on the modalities of repealing the three legislation and giving a legal guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP). The government has invited the protesting farmers for the sixth round of talks on Wednesday. IN PICS | Powerful Farmers Showdown At Delhi Borders Ahead Of Round 6 Talks With Centre
As per reports, Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which represents 40 farmer unions, wrote to Centre stressing on the fact that discussion shall only be on modalities for the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee on MSP.
The Morcha further said the agenda of the meeting should also include amendments to be made and notified in the Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region (NCR) and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 to exclude farmers from its penal provisions.
Through the letter, the Morcha also formally accepted the government’s invitation for the dialogue.
Meanwhile, Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Home Minister Amit Shah. Sources close to news agency PTI said that the leaders discussed and finalised the government’s position for the Wednesday meeting.
Union Agriculture Minister Tomar, Railway Minister Goyal and MoS Commerce and Industry Som Parkash have been representing the Centre in dialogues with the farmers.
Tuesday counts thirty-fourth day since thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, are aggressively camping at Delhi’s borders seeking repeal of the three farm laws enacted in September by the Centre. They have threatened to intensify their stir in the coming days if their demands are not fulfilled.
As per the latest information available, the government has invited 40 protesting farmer unions on December 30 for the next round of talks on all relevant issues to find a “logical solution” to the current impasse over the three laws.
Meanwhile, the Kisan Congress has demanded it will hold a countrywide protest if these laws are not repealed. The Kisan Congress leader also announced that if the government does not take a decision to repeal the three laws, then they will extend this movement to all the districts of the country.
All the farmers associations under the banner of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) reiterated that “they are and have always been open to a sincere dialogue”.
The past five rounds of talks remained inconclusive with the farmers adamant on the repeal of the three farm laws and the government saying it can amend the laws but withdrawal isn’t possible.
Earlier on December 26, a group of 40 farmer union leaders had announced that the government-farmer dialogue will resume with the sixth round of talks on December 29. The group reiterated that the repeal of the three contentious farm Acts and the Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was their “first and foremost” demand followed by other issues.