NEW DELHI: Union leaders who met the government for the fifth time on Saturday demanding the repeal of three new agrarian laws, decided to have their own tea and food, boat from their langar (community kitchen) on the Singu border, where thousands of farmers have been protesting for a week.
The fifth round of talks began at 2.30 pm and was attended by 40 representatives of various farmer organizations.
Union leaders said they had their own food and tea during the break, rather than the government arranging for it at the meeting house, Science House.
At their last meeting on Thursday, peasant leaders even had their own lunch, tea and water.
Farmer leaders told the government on Thursday that they should focus on solving problems rather than trying to be good hosts.
Thousands of peasants have lodged in various borders of the nation’s capital as part of a protest against the laws.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Punjab MP for State Commerce Som Prakash are in talks with representatives of farmer groups at the Science Hall.
These laws, which came into effect in September, are presented as major reforms in agriculture by removing intermediaries and allowing farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, while protesting farmers are worried that the new laws will eliminate the minimum support price (MSP) and the safety cushion of the purchasing system, the knee-jerk system is ineffective for various stakeholders in agriculture.
On Wednesday, the outraged Farmers Center demanded that a special session of Parliament be called for and the repeal of the Farmers’ Production Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020; Farmers (Empowerment and Conservation) Agreement of Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act, 2020; And the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.


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