Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest HIGHLIGHTS: The Centre has appealed to farmers to reconsider its proposal and come for a dialogue.
According to the Kisan Sabha, cultivators from 21 districts in Maharashtra had joined the "vehicle march" to
2020 Indian Farmers Protest HIGHLIGHTS: The Bharatiya Kisan Union has moved the Supreme Court against three Farm Laws passed by Parliament. It claims that the laws will make farmers “vulnerable to corporate greed’, ANI reported. It comes a day after the Centre appealed to farmers to reconsider its proposal and come for a dialogue. It gave point-by-point rebuttal to the apprehensions raised by farmers so far. It also dispelled the fears of land takeover by corporations by explaining the ‘farmer friendly’ provisions in law.
Despite this, the farmer union leaders have announced that their agitation will continue. “If the Centre was agreeing to 12 of our demands out of 15, that means the bills are not right, then why not destroy them. We had demanded one law on MSP but they brought three bills through the ordinance. Our protests will continue peacefully,” said Rakesh Tikait of Bharatiya Kisan Union.
Farmers Protest: Kisan Andolan, Indian Farmers Protest 2020
The Centre on Thursday appealed farmer groups to consider its proposals for amending the Acts to address their concerns and said it is open to discussing its offer further whenever the unions want. However, the protesting farmers remained defiant and threatened to block railway tracks too in addition to highways. A day after protesting farmers rejected the Centre's offer for a written assurance on Minimum Support Price and amend few provisions in the farm laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that union leaders must consider the proposals and said he is ready for further discussions with them, but left it to the farmer groups to propose a date for the next round of talks.
"The government is keen and ready for further discussions with protesting farmers. To clear their apprehensions, we have sent our proposal to farmer unions. I want to urge them to fix a date for discussion as early as possible. If they have any issue, the government is ready for discussion," the agriculture minister said. Tomar said it was not proper on the part of unions to announce the next stage of agitation when talks were continuing and urged them to return to the discussion table. "We gave our proposals to farmers after meeting them and therefore we urge them to consider those. If they want to discuss those proposals also, we are ready for that too," he said. (PTI)