The Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait is leaving no stone unturned to make the central government repeal the three contentious farm laws. However, Tikait on Friday made an appeal to US President Joe Biden to focus on the Indian farmers’ concerns and the controversial farm lawsIndi, when he meets PM Modi later in the day.
PM Modi is on three-day visit to the US and scheduled to meet President Biden today.
Sharing farmers’ concern, Tikait wrote: Dear @POTUS, we the Indian Farmers are protesting against 3 farm laws brought by PM Modi’s govt. 700 farmers have died in the last 11 months protesting. These black laws should be repealed to save us. Please focus on our concern while meeting PM Modi.
Thousands of farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: 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 government has projected the new laws as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the mandi system and middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country. However, the protesting farmers argue that the new laws have no mention of minimum support price (MSP) and the mandis that will leave them at the mercy of big corporates.
So far, there have been several rounds of talks between the Centre and farmer leaders as farmers are stuck to their demands of repealing the three laws. While the government asked them to consider their offer of deferring the laws to one and half years.
In other India news, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit to the US, the country’s Vice President Kamala Harris met the PM and welcomed India’s decision to restart Covid-19 vaccine exports.