Farmers Protest: Farmers from Uttarakhand meet agriculture minister, extend support to Farm Laws

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Updated: December 13, 2020 8:49:23 pm

Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest Update: The farmers have been demanding the repeal of laws and guarantee of minimum support price. The Centre has made it clear that it will not take back laws but is ready to give a written assurance on MSP.  

Farmers Protest, MSP in IndiaAccording to the Kisan Sabha, cultivators from 21 districts in Maharashtra had joined the "vehicle march" to Delhi.

2020 Indian Farmers Protest: Farmers from Uttarakhand today met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to extend their support to three farm laws at the centre of ongoing protest in Punjab and Haryana. MoS Agriculture Kailash Choudhury and Uttarakhand Education Minister Arvind Pandey were also present in the meeting, ANI reported.

Earlier, Home Minister Amit Shah met agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and MoS Commerce Som Prakash to discuss ongoing protests over Farm Laws. The farmers have intensified their protests as more and more farmers from Punjab are joining the protests near Delhi. The farmers have been demanding the repeal of laws and guarantee of minimum support price (MSP). The Centre has made it clear that it will not take back laws but is ready to give a written assurance on MSP.

The farmer union leaders have said they will sit on a hunger strike on Monday. Farmer leader Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu yesterday said that thousands of farmers will start their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march with their tractors from Rajasthan’s Shahjahanpur through the Jaipur-Delhi Highway at 11 AM on Sunday.

 

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    19:19 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Jamia Millia Islamia students

    Few students had come there to extend support to farmers but they were clearly told that this was only a farmers protest. The students left soon after: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Jamia Millia Islamia students who reached Ghazipur border to support farmers (ANI)

    18:28 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmer leader on Union Agriculture Minister's meeting

    90 people out of those who met Union Agriculture Minister today have nothing to do with farming. 10 farmers who were present in the meeting have other businesses too. They have been brought here from Uttarakhand by a political leader: Farmer leader Jasbir Singh (ANI)

    17:44 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Shun arrogance and scrap farm laws: Arvind Kejriwal to Centre

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today asked the BJP-ruled Centre to shun “arrogance” and scrap three farm laws as demanded by agitating farmers, and bring a Bill to guarantee minimum support price for agricultural produce. Kejriwal said he will hold one-day fast on Monday in response to a call given by the agitating farmers and urged his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers as well as the people of the country to join in. Addressing a virtual press briefing, the chief minister said the Centre should immediately accept all demands of the farmers who have been protesting on Delhi’s borders for the past two weeks. (PTI)

    17:40 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmers announce one-day hunger strike from 8 am to 5 pm on Monday

    Farmer leader Gurnaam Singh Chidoni: Farmers will be on one-day hunger strike from 8 am to 5 pm tomorrow. Dharnas will be held at all district headquarters.

    Farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka: Our stand is clear, we want the three farm laws to be repealed. All farmer unions participating in this movement are together.

    Rakesh Tikait: We need to keep an eye so that no wrong elements are among us. All our youngsters need to remain vigilant. If government wants to talk then we will set a committee and take further decision.

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    17:21 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmers from Uttarakhand meet agriculture minister, extend their support to Farm Laws

    Farmers from Uttarakhand today met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to extend their support to three Farm Laws. 

    16:56 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    In support of farmers, Arvind Kejriwal to observe fast on Monday

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has appealed to AAP workers and supporters and the public to observe one-day fast tomorrow in support of farmers. "I will also fast tomorrow," he says. "Some central government ministers and BJP leaders are saying that farmers are anti-national. Many ex-servicemen, national and international players, singers, celebrities, doctors, traders are supporting the farmers. Want to ask BJP are all these people also anti-nationals?"

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    16:45 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Agriculture Minister meets Amit Shah

    Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Som Parkash today met Home Minister Amit Shah amidst ongoing protests against the Centre. The ministers were accompanied by BJP leaders from Punjab. Tomar and Parkash, along with their ministerial colleague Piyush Goyal, had led the government's negotiations with the protesting farmers. It was not immediately known what transpired in the meeting. Farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi's borders demanding the repeal of the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act 2020. (PTI)

    15:59 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Centre will sensitize people how farm laws will be beneficial

    Ravi Shankar Prasad: Prominent people who are protesting farm laws are doing it just for the sake of opposing the laws. They themselves earlier recognised the need for these reforms. We will sensitize people on how the farm laws will be beneficial to farmers. (ANI)

    15:53 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Punjab DIG (Prisons) resigns in support of farmers

    Punjab DIG (Prisons) Lakhminder Singh Jakhar writes to State Principal Secretary Home requesting 'to be treated as prematurely retired from service'. He says, "I wouldd like to inform you of my considered decision to stand with my farmer brothers who are peacefully protesting against Farm laws. Farmers have been protesting peacefully for long, nobody heard their problems. I am from a disciplined force and as per rules, I can't support a protest if am on duty. I have to decide about my job first then decide further course of action."

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    15:46 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Indian-American Congressman seeks peaceful solution to issue

    Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna hoping for a peaceful and fair solution to the farmers' issues in India. He says he is encouraged by the ongoing dialogue between the protesting farmers and the government. Khanna, 44, was recently elected for a third consecutive term from the congressional district representing Silicon Valley. "India and the US share a rich tradition of democracy and peaceful protests. Farmworkers are the backbone of both our nations and must have their voices heard. I hope there's a peaceful and fair solution so they can provide for their families," Khanna said in a tweet on Saturday. "I am encouraged by the ongoing dialogue," he said. (PTI)

    15:31 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Security personnel put barricades near Jaisinghpur-Khera border

    Rajasthan: Security personnel put barricades near Jaisinghpur-Khera border (Rajasthan-Haryana).

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    15:16 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Punjab DIG (Prisons) tenders resignation in support of farmers

    Punjab Deputy Inspector General (Prisons) Lakhminder Singh Jakhar today said he has resigned from service in support of farmers protesting against three new farm laws. Jakhar said he tendered his resignation to the state government on Saturday. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and other areas have stayed put at various Delhi border points, protesting against the new farm laws, which they fear will dismantle the minimum support price system, leaving them at the "mercy" of big corporates. Earlier, Akali Dal stalwart and former Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had said that he has returned his Padma Vibhushan award in protest against the Centre's farm laws. SAD (Democratic) leader Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa had also announced that he would return the Padma Bhushan award to express solidarity with farmers. Several international players from Punjab have also extended their support to the farmers' agitation. Noted Punjabi poet Surjit Patar had also announced his decision to return his Padma Shri award. (PTI)

    14:56 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmers protest: Couple back farmers against Centre

    Punjab: A couple in Amritsar have placards supporting the farmers' agitation, raised during their marriage procession. The groom says: "I went to Delhi to get married and also met with farmers. I want to reinforce my support for the withdrawal of the farm laws."

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    14:20 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Narendra Singh Tomar, Som Parkash meeting Amit Shah

    Farmers protest: Union Ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Som Parkash meeting Union Home Minister Amit Shah at latter's residence over farmers' issue. 

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    13:54 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    AAP to observe day-long fast tomorrow to protest against Farm Acts

    Farmers protest: Delhi miniater and AAP leader Gopal Rai says that his party has decided that all party workers will observe fast to protest against the farm laws. At the party headquarters in ITO, MLAs and councillors will keep a group fast from 10am-5pm. The protesting farmers will sit on hunger strike tomorrow. 

    13:50 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Shashi Tharoor joins protest being held by party MPs from Punjab

    Farmers protest: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has joined protest being held by party MPs from Punjab at Jantar Mantar.

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    13:25 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Union leaders who are adamant will become irrelevant: MoS Commerce

    Farmers' union leaders who are adamant about agitation will become irrelevant. It is also possible that they may lose the command over unions and other leaders will emerge. The leaders who don't act in time, will not be able to remain leaders: Som Parkash, MoS Commerce

    12:27 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmers plan to block Jaipur highway

    The Delhi Police stepped up vigil on the national capital's border with Haryana on Sunday as farmers plan to block the Jaipur National Highway-8, which passes through Gurgaon, as part of their protest against the Centre's new agri laws. The city police had on Saturday increased security arrangements by deploying additional personnel and placing more concrete barriers. Measures have also been taken to ensure commuters do not face inconvenience, a senior police officer said. The announcement by farmers' unions to block the Jaipur-Delhi highway comes amid protests by thousands for the last 17 days at the various other border points of the national capital, including Singhu and Tikri, against the laws. (PTI)

    12:11 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmers protest: Normal traffic resumes at Chilla border

    Protesting farmers has vacated carriageways on the Noida-Delhi Link Road via Chilla following a late night meeting with Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Narendra Tomar. Normal traffic resumed between Noida and Delhi via Chilla border after farmers vacated the spot they had been occupying since December 1 for their sit-in demonstration. The movement on the DND and the Kalindi Kunj routes, both connecting Delhi and Noida, was also normal. The protest, however, continued at the border with some Bharatiya Kisan Union (Bhanu) members, including their chief Thakur Bhanu Pratap Singh, staying put at Chilla. The farmers had vacated the carriageways around Saturday midnight after a meeting with Defence Minister Singh and Agriculture Minister Tomar, a BKU (Bhanu) office-bearer said. (PTI)  

    11:41 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Farmers gather near Jaisinghpur-Khera border (Rajasthan-Haryana). 

    Farmers have started gathering at Shahjahanpur near Jaisinghpur-Khera border (Rajasthan-Haryana). 

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    11:25 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    Khalistan supporters vandalise Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in US

    Members of Khalistani separatists desecrated the statue of Mahatma Gandhi during a protest organised by Sikh-American youths in support of farmers who are protesting against the recently enacted agri laws in India. Hundreds of Sikhs from in and around Greater Washington DC area, Maryland and Virginia, along with many from other states like New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, on Saturday carried out a car rally to the Indian Embassy in downtown Washington DC, where they gathered to express solidarity with the protesting farmers. READ FULL STORY 

    10:57 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    What Prime Minister Modi said about farm laws at FICCI

    Speaking at FICCI, the Prime Minister said agriculture reforms as part of government efforts are aimed at removing roadblocks, and the new laws will also bring in technology and investment in the sector. "Farmers have now options to sell their crops in mandis as well as to outside parties. While mandis are being modernised, digital platform is also available to farmers to buy and sell their produce." He further said all the efforts were directed towards improving the farmers' income so that they become prosperous. "When farmers prosper, the country will prosper." "After the implementation of recent reforms, farmers will get new markets and new opportunities and they will get the help of technology. The country's cold storage infrastructure will become modern...From all these, there will be a higher investment in the agriculture sector. The maximum benefit of these reforms would be to small and marginal farmers who earn their living on small plots of land," the prime minister said.

    10:37 (IST)13 Dec 2020
    About 500 more trolleys on way to Delhi

    Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Harynana have been camping at Singhu border for over two weeks (18 days). A farmer says that more farmers are coming from Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. About 500 more trolleys will reach Delhi by Wednesday (December 16). 

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    Farmer leader Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu has announced that their "mothers, sisters and daughters will also join them soon" at the borders, where they have been camping for over two weeks. "If the government wants to hold talks, we are ready, but our main demand will remain the scrapping of the three laws. We will move onto our other demands only after that," Pannu said. Farmer union leaders will sit on a hunger strike between 8 AM and 5 PM at the Singhu Border during the nationwide protest on December 14. He said the Centre tried to weaken the agitation by dividing them. He said the ongoing agitation was fully under the control of 32 farmer unions. (With inputs from PTI)
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