The government is all set to meet the farmers’ representatives on Thursday for the second round of talks as the protest against the contentious farm laws are intensifying. 40 farmer leaders have arrived in Vigyan Bhawan to hold talks. The farmers agitated over the farm laws said on Wednesday that today’s talks will be the last chance to call an emergency session and make amendments in the controversial laws.
40 farmer leaders have arrived at Vigyan Bhawan for the second session of meeting with the government over farm laws.
Meanwhile, the government is contemplating on the possibility of giving a written assurance to farmers that the Minimum Support Price system will continue. The farmers of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been protesting against the three controversial farm laws that they fear will take away the MSP or their guaranteed minimum earnings and leave them open to Private sector and big corporates. The agitating farmers’ demonstrations have entered the eighth day. They have gathered at four busy border points of the Delhi – Singhu, Noida, Ghazipur and Tikri – to press their demands, under heavy police deployment. They demand the Centre to repeal the farm laws, which according to them are anti-farmers. Some farmers are protesting in the protest site Burari ground decided by the government.
Home Minister Amit Shah is meeting Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, just ahead of the second round of talks between the Centre and the farm unions. Reports said Singh wants the Centre to take a call on the new farm laws, given the growing agitation among farmers and intensifying farm laws. He wants the Centre to ensure farmers that the MSP the mandi system will continue.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has left his residence. He is scheduled to meet farmers today.
Farmers protesting in Burari have no hope from the second session of talks with the government scheduled to take place today.