Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest Live Update: Briefing the media after the tenth round of meetings, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Centre was ready to put on hold the farm laws for one or one and half years.
Thousands of farmers mainly from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against farm laws for nearly two months on the borders of Delhi.
2020 Indian Farmers Protest News Update: The Supreme Court-appointed committee today started its consultation process and interacted with 10 farmer organisations from eight states, including Uttar Pradesh. In a statement, the committee said that the interaction was held through video conference with various farmer unions and associations. Among the farmer organisations that participated in the discussion were from Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharasthra, Odisha, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
“The farmers’ unions participated in the discussion and gave their frank opinion including suggestions to improve the implementation of Acts,” the statement said. The participating farmer bodies were asked to give their views on the 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.
The Centre has yielded some ground to end the months-long farmers protest on the borders of Delhi. In its tenth round of talks with the heads of farm unions, the government offered to put the three recently enacted farm laws on hold for 1.5 years and set up a committee to find a resolution to the issues raised by farmers. The Centre has also proposed to set up a committee on minimum support price (MSP).
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Farm Laws: The three farm laws have already been stayed by the Supreme Court till further orders and a committee of experts has been formed to resolve the deadlock. The panel has been asked by the apex court to submit its report within two months after consulting all stakeholders. The committee held its first meeting on Tuesday and will begin its consultations with farmer groups and others from today. After the meeting, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) president Joginder Singh Ugrahan said, "The government proposed to suspend the farm laws for one and a half years. We rejected the proposal but since it has come from the government, we will meet tomorrow and deliberate over it." Another farmer leader Kavitha Kuruganti said the government also proposed to submit an affidavit in the Supreme Court for suspending the three farm laws for a mutually-agreed period and set up a committee.
Kulwant Singh Sandhu of Jamuri Kisan Sabha said, "The government is on backfoot and it has started yielding ground to us." (PTI)