Farmers Protest News: No breakthrough in ninth rounds of talks between farmers and Centre, next meeting on January 19

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Updated: January 15, 2021 5:59:04 pm

Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest News Update: The 9th rounds of talks are underway at Vigyan Bhawan. The meeting comes three days after the SC stayed the implementation of farm laws and formed a four-member committee to break the deadlock.

Farmers Protest Live, Indian Farmers Protest Live UpdateFarmers have been protesting for months against the three farm laws. (ANI)

2020 Indian Farmers Protest News Update: The ninth rounds of talks between farmers and government remained inconclusive with both sides sticking to their positions. Farmers stuck to their demand of repeal of the three laws but the Centre said that it wanted to discuss the laws point-by-point. Next round of talks will take place on January 19.

After meeting ended, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that today’s talks with farmers unions were not decisive. “We will hold talks again on 19th January. We are positive to reach a solution through talks. The government is concerned about the farmers protesting in cold conditions,” the minister said.

On Rahul Gandhi protesting against the farm acts, Narendra Singh Tomar said that the “Congress party laughs at statements and actions of Rahul Gandhi, it mocks at him”. He said that he would like to tell Gandhi that the Congress had promised to bring these reforms in 2019 election manifesto. “If he doesn’t remember, he should read the manifesto again,” the minister said. “If it is mentioned in the manifesto, then Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi should appear before the media and accept that they were either lying at that time or are lying now,” the Agriculture Minister added.

Speaking to reporters, Rakesh Tikait said that the farmers won’t appear before the Supreme Court. He said they will demand the Centre to take back the three laws. He said farmers’ demands remain the same – withdrawal of laws and laws on MSP.

This round of talks came three days after the Supreme Court stayed the implementation of three farm laws and formed a four-member committee to initiate a dialogue with protesting farmers to break the months-long stalemate. Among the members named for the committee were Anil Ghanwat of Shetkari Sanghatana, BKU President Bhupinder Singh Mann, Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati. On Thursday, Mann recused himself from the committee following a controversy about his stated position on farm laws.

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    15:42 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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    14:26 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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    14:07 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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    13:45 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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    12:12 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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    11:10 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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    11:01 (IST)15 Jan 2021
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    On December 14, Hazare had written to Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, warning of a hunger strike if his demands including the implementation of the M S Swaminathan Committee's recommendations on agriculture were not met. Another demand made by him was grant of autonomy to the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices. "On the issue of farmers, I have had correspondence (with the Centre) five times, however, no response came. As a result, I have decided to go on the last hunger strike of my life," said Hazare in his missive to the prime minister on Thursday. (PTI)

    10:24 (IST)15 Jan 2021
    Don't be on wrong side of history: BKU (Lok Shakti) to members of SC-appointed panel

    Farmers protests LIVE: BKU (Lok Shakti) yesterday said that the members of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve farm laws deadlock should follow the suit of Bhupinder Singh Mann and not be on the "wrong side of history". Mann, chief of Bharatiya Kisan Union, yesterday expressed gratitude over his nomination into the four-member committee but recused himself saying he would give up any position to prevent farmers' interests from being compromised. "Mann's decision is a welcome move. The other three members of the panel, who have shown pro-new farm laws stance should also follow Mann's suit. This ongoing agitation for rollback of the three agri laws is history in the making, and we urge they should not be on the wrong side of history," Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) spokesperson Shailesh Kumar Giri said.

    Apart from Mann, Shetkari Sanghatana (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat, International Food Policy Research Institute's Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati were appointed on the panel. BKU (Lok Shakti) members have been camping at the Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida since first week of December to demand withdrawal of the three new contentious laws. Besides BKU (Lok Shakti), members of BKU (Bhanu) are also staying put at Chilla at Noida-Delhi border over the issue. (PTI)     

    10:24 (IST)15 Jan 2021
    Don't be on wrong side of history: BKU (Lok Shakti) to members of SC-appointed panel

    Farmers protests LIVE: BKU (Lok Shakti) yesterday said that the members of the committee appointed by the Supreme Court to resolve farm laws deadlock should follow the suit of Bhupinder Singh Mann and not be on the "wrong side of history". Mann, chief of Bharatiya Kisan Union, yesterday expressed gratitude over his nomination into the four-member committee but recused himself saying he would give up any position to prevent farmers' interests from being compromised. "Mann's decision is a welcome move. The other three members of the panel, who have shown pro-new farm laws stance should also follow Mann's suit. This ongoing agitation for rollback of the three agri laws is history in the making, and we urge they should not be on the wrong side of history," Bharatiya Kisan Union (Lok Shakti) spokesperson Shailesh Kumar Giri said.

    Apart from Mann, Shetkari Sanghatana (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat, International Food Policy Research Institute's Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati were appointed on the panel. BKU (Lok Shakti) members have been camping at the Dalit Prerna Sthal in Noida since first week of December to demand withdrawal of the three new contentious laws. Besides BKU (Lok Shakti), members of BKU (Bhanu) are also staying put at Chilla at Noida-Delhi border over the issue. (PTI)     

    10:12 (IST)15 Jan 2021
    Farm bills will reduce the role of middlemen and enhance efficiency: IMF

    The IMF believes the three farm bills passed by the Indian government have the potential to represent a significant step forward for agricultural reforms, but a social safety net is needed to protect those who might be adversely impacted during the transition to the new system. Gerry Rice, Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said the new measures will reduce the role of the middlemen and enhance efficiency. 'We believe the farm bills do have the potential to represent a significant step forward for agricultural reforms in India,' Rice said at a news conference in Washington on Thursday. 'The measures will enable farmers to directly contract with sellers, allow farmers to retain a greater share of the surplus by reducing the role of middlemen, enhance efficiency and support rural growth,' he said. (PTI)

    BJP chief JP Nadda yesterday targeted opposition parties over the new farm laws, saying they had earlier promised agricultural reforms but now they were supporting those agitating against the Centre. In his address at the 51st anniversary of Tamil magazine 'Thughlaq', Nadda said the opposition parties lacked the political will and courage to take bold decisions unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the interest of the nation. The opposition parties had assured in their own manifestos that farming reforms will be brought in, he said. "They themselves wrote that APMC (Agricultural Produce Marketing committees) have to go or needs changes. They mentioned that Essential Commodities Act is an age-old law that needs to be amended," he said.
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