Farmer representatives who met Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal on Tuesday called for intensification of protests by Saturday, even though the centers have come forward to “address concerns” through discussions.
However, the demand for a special parliamentary session has gassed up the confusion, further diminishing the middle ground between the two sides.
Thursday’s meeting may look at some options to assure farmers (see Graphics), but legislate to repeal laws or guarantee that sales below the minimum support price (MSP) will not be allowed.
The farming groups under the banner of the Summit Kisan Morcha Coordination Committee held marathon meetings on Wednesday and prepared a detailed note for Hudal on Thursday, flagging six points in a letter to Tomar. The unions are clear that they will not agree to any compromise on the entire purchase of grains from the MSP of crops and state procurement agencies.
‘Agriculture groups get filers, government can change laws at MSP and APMC’
According to sources, the agrarian groups have received fillers from the Center saying that the provisions of the Air Quality Management Commission (CQM) could stop imprisonment up to Rs 1 crore and imprisonment for up to five years. Proposed Power Bill 2020. It was suggested that the Center would agree to some amendments in the three laws, especially those relating to MSP and APMC.
But the farmers are determined to force the Center to repeal the laws, said Jagmohan Singh, General Secretary of Biku Ekta (Dakota) and Surjit Singh Phool, President of the Revolutionary Kisan Union. “We have discussed this issue in detail at various meetings, involving the agrarian institutions of various states. We are not convinced of any weakening in the MSP and the APMC. We are ready to make any sacrifice to safeguard the rights of farmers across the country.”
Government sources did not rule out the possibility of “written” assurance to agriculture leaders about the continuation of the MSP mechanism. It is also being explored whether there could be a fair and remunerative price (FRP) for sugarcane and give states an option to go for ‘state advisory prices’ (SAPs) which are usually higher than the center’s FRP. .
The FRP under the Sugarcane (Regulation) Ordinance, 1966, is the minimum price that sugar factories must pay to sugarcane farmers. Officials believe this type of arrangement protects the interests of farmers against large collectors or processors if they try to dictate or distort market prices.
Meanwhile, Punjab farmers, who had been arrested for creating divisions as the center opened a different channel with other groups on Tuesday, contacted the Indian Kisan Union (Tikite), which is in exclusive talks with the government.
“We had talks with Biku’s Tikite Ji (Rakesh Tikite). We are united in this struggle, ”said Darshanpal, president of the Revolutionary Kisan Union (KKU), one of Punjab’s 32 agrarian unions. Tikite later told the media about his visit with other groups on the Siku border and said all the groups had decided to work in consultation with one another.
Explaining his stance, Darshanpal said, “We demand that the central government convene a special session of Parliament to repeal agricultural laws. We call for the burning of statues across the country to protest against the Modi government and corporate houses on December 5 if there is no solution at Thursday’s meeting. ”
Agriculture Minister Tomar said, “I appeal to the farmers that the laws of agriculture are in their best interests and that reforms have been made after a long wait. But if they have any objection, we are ready to solve their problems.