Farmer Protest Highlights: Farmers reject govt proposal, to intensify agitation with nationwide protest on Dec 14

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Updated: December 9, 2020 11:15:51 pm

Farmers Protest Highlights: The government has sent a proposal to farmers who have been pushing for scrapping of Farm Acts.

Farmers Protest Live, Farmers Agitation Today Live UpdatesThousands of farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s new farm laws for the past 12 days.

Farmers Protest Today Highlights: Farmer leaders on Wednesday unanimously rejected the government proposal on contentious agri laws saying they may consider if the Centre sends another proposal. Farmer leaders said that they will gherao district headquarters in states on December 14 and will block Jaipur-Delhi highway on December 12. Addressing a press conference, farmer leaders said that they will block all roads in Delhi one by one if the three farm laws are not scrapped. Meanwhile, farmer leader Prahalad Singh Bharukheda said that there is nothing new in govt proposal and therefore they will continue to protest against three agri-marketing laws.

 

Another farm leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said that no decisions have been made on the next round of talks with the central government and protesting farmers might take a decision on crossing Singhu border to enter Delhi in the coming days.

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    23:15 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Tomar meets Shah after protesting farmers reject govt's draft proposal

    Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday met Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the next course of action after farmer leaders rejected the Centre's draft proposal to amend the new agri laws, sources said. The government, in its proposal circulated among the leaders on Wednesday, offered to amend 7-8 issues, including providing a written assurance of minimum support price. It also appealed to protesting farmers to end the agitation that's been going on nearly two weeks now at various border points of the national capital. The sources said the agriculture minister is believed to have discussed with the home minister a possible way to end the stalemate after the farm unions rejected the government's draft proposal. Minister of Railways, Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal was also present in the meeting. A select group of farm leaders, after the meeting with Shah on Tuesday night, had made it clear that they would not accept any amendments and would continue to protest unless the government repeals all three farm laws. Speaking to PTI, general secretary of Bhartiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) Jagmohan Singh said, "We have rejected the government's proposal. We are planning to send a rejoinder to the central government." Singh, however, said farmer leaders are open for dialogue. "We will come for the meeting if the government invites, but our demand should be met. It has become a mass movement. We cannot return to our villages with empty hands," he added. (PTI)

    21:59 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    PM Modi has worked more for farmers in 6 yrs than earlier govts did since 1947: UP CM

    Amid the ongoing farmers' stir against the three central farm laws, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday asserted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done much more work for farmers in last six years compared to what previous governments did since Independence. While inaugurating two sugar mills in this eastern region of the state, Adityanath also attacked the opposition, saying some people are not able to appreciate the welfare work being done for farmers by the BJP government. (PTI) 

    21:31 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farm laws: Opposition delegation meets President

    The memorandum to the President said that more than 20 different political parties, including many parties governing states, have extended their solidarity with the ongoing struggle of the Indian peasantry and extended wholehearted support to their call for a Bharat Bandh on December 8, demanding the repeal of the "retrograde" agri laws and the Electricity Amendment Bill. (PTI)

    21:24 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Haryana Congress chief Selja, INLD leader Abhay Chautala separately meet farmers at Tikri border

    Haryana Congress president Kumari Selja and Indian National Lok Dal leader Abhay Singh Chautala on Wednesday separately met protesting farmers at Tikri border and said the entire country stands with them against the Centre's new farm laws. Selja, who had on Monday met the farmers near Singhu border, extended full support to their ongoing agitation. Interacting with farmers, she said, "It is extremely unfortunate that the 'annadata' (farmers) of our country are compelled to agitate on the roads in this cold weather, but the central government is adamant on its stand." "The government should immediately repeal these black laws," she added. Selja, a former Union minister, alleged that the BJP-led government at the Centre is adopting a dictatorial attitude. It neither heard the opposition's nor the farmers' voice and "imposed these black laws on the peasants", she claimed. (PTI)

    21:01 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Stop playing games with farmers: SAD to Centre

    The Shiromani Akali Dal on Wednesday asked the BJP-led Centre to "stop playing games" with innocent farmers and withdraw the three farm laws "immediately and unconditionally". The SAD, which had pulled out of the National Democratic Alliance amid the consistent digs at it by the Congress after the enactment of the laws, also backed the farmers' rejection of the Centre's proposal on these laws. "These proposals were nothing but delaying and diversionary tactics and tricks which have rightly been rejected by the farmers," it said. "We are with the farmers in everything and in every way," it added. (PTI) 

    20:47 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Rejection of Centre's proposal by farmers 'unfortunate': Punjab BJP chief

    Punjab BJP chief Ashwani Sharma on Wednesday dubbed the farmers decision to reject the Centre's proposal to amend the new farm laws as "unfortunate". He urged the protesting farmers to review their decision. "It was unfortunate that farmer leaders have rejected the proposed amendments to the three agriculture bills," Sharma said in a statement here. He said the Centre has addressed all the major concerns about the minimum support price (MSP) and the mandi system in the proposed amendments which the "farmers should accept with grace". "The respect for farmers had prompted the Centre to address the issues which affected the community, and in all fairness, the protestors should have accepted the offer," he said. The BJP leader suggested that the farmers should withdraw their agitation in view of the offer made by the Centre. Farmer leaders rejected the government proposal on the three contentious agriculture-marketing laws, and said they would intensify their agitation against the legislations with a nationwide protest on December 14. The government has proposed to give a "written assurance" that the existing MSP regime for procurement will continue. It has also proposed to make necessary amendments on at least seven issues, including one to allay fears about the weakening of the mandi system. (PTI)

    20:11 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    JD(S) supported BJP to clear land Bill, says Kumaraswamy

    Amid accusations of a secret deal between the BJP and the JD(S) after the clearance of the "controversial" Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act-2020, JD(S) leader and former Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said his party has supported the government after it agreed to withdraw some of the "dangerous" provisions in the law. The Congress and the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha charged Kumaraswamy with striking a deal with the BJP. (PTI)

    19:52 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmers have given mandate for agro reforms: BJP on Rajasthan panchayat poll results

    The BJP on Wednesday claimed that farmers have given their "mandate" for the agri reforms enacted by the Modi government as it cited its win in the Rajasthan local body polls besides in elections in a number of states after the three farm sector laws were passed to assert people's support for the party across the country. BJP president J P Nadda said the saffron party's win in Rajasthan symbolises the trust the poor, farmers and labourers have in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, while senior party leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar stressed that people, especially farmers, have given it a "decisive" victory. (PTI)

    19:38 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Too busy fighting for our rights to be afraid of COVID-19: 'Maskless' farmers at Tikri border

    Caught between the COVID-19 pandemic and the agitation for their rights, farmers protesting against the Centre's new farm laws said the fear of contracting the disease is "not enough" to detract them from their fight. Thousands of farmers camping at the Tikri borders are largely seen without the basic preventive measure against COVID-19 - protective masks. "The government has already tied a noose around our necks with these laws, we cannot afford to be afraid of coronavirus," Gagandeep Singh, a farmer from Bhatinda in Punjab, said. He has been protesting at the Delhi-Haryana border for the last 10 days. (PTI) 

    19:33 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Talks with farmers 'work in progress', hopefully it is in last stage: Javadekar

    Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Wednesday said the government is sensitive to the concerns of farmers as he expressed hope that ongoing deliberations with them, which he termed a 'work in progress', over the three agriculture-related laws will yield some results soon. He said the government has held several rounds of talks with the farmers agitating against the three legislations and is keen to resolve their issues. 'When the talks and negotiations are taking place, it is considered a work in progress. There is no running commentary on any such work in progress,' he told reporters at a Cabinet briefing here. (PTI) 

    19:28 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmer leader says unions may consider if the government sends another proposal

    Farmer leader Jangvir Singh said that their unions may consider if the government sends another proposal. Kakka said the farmers have decided to intensify their agitation, and that they will block all roads leading to Delhi one by one if the three farm laws are not scrapped. (PTI)

    19:20 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmers refuse to utilise government amenities at Delhi's Nirankari Samagam ground in Burari

    Delhi: Farmers gathered at Nirankari Samagam ground in Burari, refuse to utilise government amenities. "A struggle is always done by ones' own abilities. We accept help from sympathisers to the cause but not from governments. They only act to garner votes," says a farmer leader (ANI)

    17:46 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Government must take anti-farmer laws back: Rahul Gandhi to President

    Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that they have informed the President that it is absolutely critical that these anti-farmer laws are taken back.

    17:39 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Union Agriculture Minister meets Amit Shah

    Minutes after farmer leaders unanimously rejected government’s proposal, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar reached Home Minister Amit Shah's residence.

    17:38 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmer to gherao BJP office on 14th December

    Farmer leaders said that they will gherao BJP office on 14th December and demonstrations will be held in many parts of the country.  

    17:09 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmers reject government's draft proposal on farm laws

    Darshan Pal, President of Krantikari Kisan Union at Singhu Border, said that they have rejected the government's proposals and protests will continue. Farmers have decided to block Delhi-Jaipur highway by December 12, reports ANI.

    16:27 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Not farmers, but Centre responsible for prolonging protest: BKU (Bhanu) leader

    A farmer union leader on Wednesday said that it is the responsibility of Centre to end this demonstration against the new agriculture laws at Delhi's borders.

    15:48 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Work in progress: Prakash Javadekar on talks with farmers

    "It is work in progress," says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar when asked to comment on talks between government and farmers over the farm laws.

    15:24 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmer unions get draft proposals from Centre, their meeting underway

    Farmer unions has received a draft proposal from the government on some key concerns raised by the protesters. The draft proposal has been sent to 13 farm union leaders including Joginder Singh Urgrahan of BKU (Ekta Ugrahan), one of the biggest among nearly 40 agitating unions. "Farmer unions have received the draft proposal from the government," Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said. He is one of the many union leaders participating in the ongoing negotiations with the government. Home Minister Amit Shah in Tuesday night's meeting with 13 union leaders had said the government would send a draft proposal on key issues raised by the farmers regarding the three farm laws, even though the meeting had failed to break the ice with farm union leaders who are insisting for repealing these laws. The sixth round of talks between the government and farm union leaders, which was scheduled for Wednesday morning, has also been canceled. The draft proposal has been sent by Vivek Aggarwal, Joint Secretary in Agriculture Ministry. (PTI)

    15:10 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    All three farm laws should be repealed: Kisan Sangharsh Committee

    Kisan Sangharsh Committee leader Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu says that all three farm laws should be repealed. "This is our demand. If the proposal talks of only amendments then we will reject it," Singh adds.

    14:32 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmer leaders receive draft proposal from Centre

    The farmer leaders at Singhu Border have received a draft proposal from the the government of India. 

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    14:14 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    AAP claims Arvind Kejriwal's movement still 'restricted', claim denied by Delhi Police

    The AAP today alleged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's movement is still "restricted" and the main gate of his residence remains closed at the behest of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, a claim denied by the city police. Police sources said the chief minister left his residence around 11 am to attend a programme. The AAP on Tuesday had alleged the Delhi Police put Kejriwal under house arrest after he met farmers protesting against the Centre's agriculture reform laws at the city's Singhu border. However, a senior Delhi Police officer dismissed the claim as "totally baseless". (PTI)

    13:37 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmers in Karnataka protest amendments to Farm Acts

    Farmers backed by various unions today took out a protest march to the Vidhana Soudha, where the winter session of the Karnataka Legislature is underway, demanding that the state government scrap the recent amendments to the farm laws. The protests were against the amendments to the Karnataka Land Reforms (Amendment) Act-2020 and Agricultural Produce Marketing (Regulation and Development) (Amendment) Act-2020. While the KLR (Amendment) Act-2020 was passed by both the Houses, the APM (Amendment) Act-2020 is waiting for clearance from the Council after being approved by the Assembly in the Monsoon session.Following a call given by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Hasiru Sene and allied organisations, the farmers geared up for another show down, a day after joining the nationwide protests against the farm bills brought by the Centre. Many protesters arrived in the city by the train due to which security was beefed up at the Bengaluru City Railway Station. (PTI)

    13:17 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    If Centre is stubborn, so are farmers: Rakesh Tikait

    We will strategise in our meeting and discuss Centre's proposal. Farmers won't go back, it is a matter of their respect. Will government not withdraw laws? Will there be tyranny? If government is stubborn, so are farmers. Law has to be withdrawn: Rakesh Tikait, Bharatiya Kisan Union

    13:14 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    HD Kumaraswamy finds fault with Congress on Land Reform Act

    Former ally of Congress, Janata Dal chief today slammed Congress for not suggesting reforms needed in LandReforms Amendment Act. He said the opposition should manage its responsibilities constructively. "In the case of the Land Reforms Amendment Act, JD(S) has done work for the benefit of the farmers. In terms of the Act, there was no justice by Congress or BJP. JD(S) has made the Act balanced. JD(S) had opposed some points in the Bill. JD(S) had mentioned the changes needed. Congress had also opposed Bill but did not say what should be changed, it was limited to the role of Opposition. A significant change has been made in the Act as suggested by JD(S)."

    12:51 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmer leaders insist on scrapping of laws, fresh talks cancelled

    Farmers protest: With the Centre-farmer talks ending in a stalemate, thousands of farmers stayed put at Delhi borders to press for repeal of the agri laws. A meeting called by Home Minister Amit Shah ended in failure yesterday night as farmer leaders rejected the government's offer to amend new farm laws, saying they would settle for nothing less than the scrapping of the legislations. The sixth round of talks between the government and farmer unions to end the protests on Delhi's various borders, which was scheduled on Wednesday, has been cancelled. This comes after many farm leaders had threatened to boycott the talks. (PTI)

    12:18 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Centre sends proposal to farmers on Farm Acts

    The Centre has reportedly sent its proposal to farmers on Farm Acts. The farmers had met Home Minister Amit Shah who said that the government will send its proposal on what all amendments it can consider in the Acts. The farmers will now have meeting to discuss the proposal in detail.  

    12:15 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    All three laws should be repealed: Digvijaya Singh

    Congress leader Digvijaya Singh: Modi ji should leave his stubbornness. It is a matter of farmers, such stubbornness is not right for anyone. All three laws should be repealed. Joint Parliamentary Committee should be formed, that will find a solution after talking to farmers.

    11:45 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farmer union leaders to meet at 12 PM

    All India Kisan Sabha General Secretary Hannan Mollah: The government said they will send something in writing today. We have told them that if it's in writing, we will look into it. We have our meeting at 12 pm today. A broader committee will discuss it. If the writing is on amendment, our position is very clear. If it is on repeal of the Bill, only then can we take note of it and consider. That meeting (today's meeting with Centre) is cancelled. If letter comes and we consider it positive, meeting can be held tomorrow (Thursday). 

    11:16 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Centre will give written proposal to Kisan Unions: MoS Som Prakash

    MoS Som Prakash: Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Kisan Unions yesterday about amendments. The government will today give a written proposal to Kisan Unions and they will think over it. Whatever will be in the interest of country and farmers, is being considered by all. 

    10:48 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Why farmers are protesting against Farm Acts

    Farmer unions in Punjab and Haryana say the recent laws enacted at the Centre will dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system. Over time big corporate houses will dictate terms and farmers will end up getting less for their crops, they argue. Farmers fear that with the virtual disbanding of the mandi system, they will not get an assured price for their crops and the ‘arthiyas’ — commission agents who also pitch in with loans for them — will be out of business.

    READ | Explainer: What the farmers’ protest against farm laws is all about

    10:27 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    With help from local and NRIs, Akali Dal providing free fuel to encourage people to join protest in Delhi

    Farmers protest in Delhi: Workers of Shiromani Akali Dal are providing free diesel at a petrol pump at Delhi-Amritsar national highway to farmers heading to Delhi to join the agitation against Centre. A Shiromani Akali Dal worker Gursharan Singh says, "We have started this to encourage more and more people of Punjab to join the agitation and further strengthen it. We are doing this with the help of the local youth and our NRI friends."

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    10:06 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Meeting with Centre cancelled, things will be clear by 4-5: Rakesh Tikait

    Bhartiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait says that farmers will hold a meeting over the draft that will be sent by the Centre. He confirms that the sixth round of talks with the Centre is now cancelled. Draft will be discussed and further course of action will be decided. 'We hope things will be clear by 4-5 pm today,' he adds. 

    10:00 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Centre buys 20 per cent more paddy on MSP

    The Centre has bought 20 per cent more paddy so far in the current Kharif marketing season at 350.29 lakh tonne on MSP valuing Rs 66,135 crore. In the ongoing Kharif Marketing Season 2020-21, the Centre continues to procure Kharif crops at the minimum support price from farmers. Paddy procurement for Kharif 2020-21 has progressed smoothly in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar. The FCI and state procurement agencies have bought 350.29 lakh tonne of paddy up to December 7 as against 292.37 lakh tonne in the corresponding period previous year. "About 36.13 Lac farmers have already been benefitted from the ongoing KMS procurement Operations with MSP value of Rs 66,135.01 Crore," the statement said. Out of the total purchase of 350.29 lakh tonne, Punjab alone has purchased 202.77 lakh tonne. (PTI)

    09:55 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Not against farm sector reforms, but new laws don't reflect changes: Congress

    The Congress yesterday said it was not against farm sector reforms, but the ones brought in through these legislations did not reflect changes. Former Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said agriculture reforms should be discussed afresh in Parliament and new laws enacted after consulting all stakeholders. Hooda also said the Minimum Support Price mechanism needs to be incorporated in the law because it is a must to protect the interests of farmers. He alleged the farm laws brought in by the Centre were passed without any consultation with farmers, and that the government pushed them through as the coronavirus pandemic raged across the country.

    "The government should immediately withdraw these acts. If they want reforms, they should call Parliament, discuss it and then implement it and take all stakeholders into confidence. While passing these acts, nobody was consulted. During Corona period they were passed in Parliament without discussion and stakeholders were not taken into confidence," he said. "We are not against reforms but the current laws must be repealed and a fresh reform process initiated after discussion and consultations with all stakeholders," he said. (PTI)

    09:43 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Farm Laws: Centre must not yield to ‘mandatory MSP’ demand

    Under the new central law, the farmer can take her produce to any place, to any corner of the country, or a buyer can come to her doorsteps (the non-APMC market). This is in addition to the APMC platform, the sanctity of which remains intact. No levies shall be charged on all such sales. So, the farmer could not have gotten a better deal. Yet, the central law is being portrayed as a ‘black law’ that will harm farmers’ interest. Nothing could be farther from the truth. READ FULL STORY 

    09:17 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    Mixed response to Bharat Bandh

    Farmers took the national centrestage as their call for a 'Bharat Bandh' to push for a repeal of the new agri laws disrupted life in myriad ways with shops closed, transport affected and protesters squatting on roads and train tracks in several places, though many states remained largely unaffected. As analysts, politicians and others assessed how effective the 'bandh' had been, Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav claimed it was observed in around 10,000 places in 25 states.

    Emergency services were exempted and banks, too, continued operations as the pan-India shutdown, backed by most opposition parties and trade unions, rolled out noisily but peacefully with its impact felt in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi, the epicentre of the snowballing protests, as well as in states such as Odisha, Maharashtra and Bihar. In several parts of the country, including in BJP-ruled Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh, life continued unimpeded.

    In other places, the pandemic appeared to recede into the background. Security was stepped up, restive crowds demonstrated in some places and the numbers swelled at Delhi's border points. Protesters also blocked railway tracks in places in West Bengal, Bihar and Odisha. As slogans such as 'Kisan Ekta Zindabad' were heard in protest centrepoints such as Tikri and the agitation picked up pace, the hashtag #Aaj_Bharat_Bandh_Hai was trending worldwide on Twitter till late afternoon. From the Rajasthan capital Jaipur, where 'mandis' were closed but shops open, there were reports of clashes between workers of the state's ruling Congress and the BJP. (PTI)

    08:36 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    What happened in meeting between farmers and Amit Shah

    The meeting called by Home Minister Amit Shah ended in failure as farmer leaders rejected the government's offer to amend new farm laws. They said they would settle for nothing less than the scrapping of the legislations, while many of them threatened to boycott scheduled talks with ministers. At the meeting, Amit Shah requested farmer leaders 'to end the agitation and said the government will send a proposal in writing.' Some farmer unions asked why the government did not consult them before bringing these laws. To which, the ministers...said there is no point in looking back,' Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh national president Shiv Kumar Kakka said.

    All India Kisan Sabha general secretary and CPI(M) leader Hannan Mollah said, 'The home minister has made it clear that the government will not repeal the laws. Shah-ji said the government will give tomorrow in writing the amendments which the government is keen to. We will decide about attending the meeting after discussing the written amendments with all 40 farmer unions.' (PTI)

    08:18 (IST)09 Dec 2020
    No withdrawal, only amendments: Centre sticks to its stand on Farm Acts

    After meeting with Amit Shah, Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said that the meeting was positive. "The government will give a proposal to farmer leaders which will be discussed. We want withdrawal of the three farm bills but government wants amendments in the bills," he said. 

    The Centre and farmers have so far held five round of talks on Farm Acts. After the fifth round of talks on Saturday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said that they had decided to meet again at 11 am on December 9. Day before this scheduled talks, Amit Shah called 13 farmer leaders for a meeting that began after 8 pm and ended around midnight. The meeting was earlier scheduled at Amit Shah's residence, but the venue was shifted to National Agricultural Science Complex, Pusa. The meeting appeared to have created a discord among the organisations spearheading the protests on Delhi's borders with the head of the BKU (Ugrahan), which is one of the largest outfits in the bloc, questioning the rationale of the talks a day before the scheduled official consultations. (With inputs from PTI) 
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