After the meeting, All India Kisan Sabha leader Hannan Molla said the center was not ready to repeal the agricultural laws. Though it was announced earlier by Union Ministers Narendra Tomar and Piyush Goyal, the message Shah’s booming message has the final say is just as patiently listening to farmers.
Shah is understood to have made a written promise that the minimum support price (MSP) regime would not be abolished when he explained that the retention of the APMC system was not in line with laws. The Center has expressed its readiness to strengthen the knee system.
Thirteen agricultural leaders had to meet with Shah but the two were unable to make it to the ICAR campus, but they included key representatives, who were provoked against agrarian laws. BJP leaders felt that the unions had expanded themselves, with the support of several opposition parties – the lukewarm response to the Bharat Bandh call by the peasant unions. The meeting was attended by nine leaders of the Punjab Union and four including Molla and Rakesh Tikite of the Indian Kisan Union.
As of now, the scheduled sixth round of talks may not take place on Wednesday. Instead, the government offers its draft proposal to unions, which includes a center plan to bring in some amendments to the laws, mostly on previously proposed routes. Farmer representatives were not too pleased with the outcome of the meeting, as the government wanted to continue the dialogue but farmers were tired of putting their point of view.
The agriculture leaders said they would have a discussion with the government on December 10 after deliberately discussing the new proposals.
The government has said it will not repeal the three agrarian laws, and is ready to bring in some amendments to address concerns about the impact of MSP dilution, the role of corporate entities and altered Rs.
“There will be no meeting on Wednesday between farmers’ unions and the government. The minister said that we would be given a proposal. We are holding a meeting on the government proposal. The government is not prepared to repeal the agricultural laws, ”Molla said.
Shah’s meeting with peasant leaders indicated that the government was trying to make its base clear. While it is eager to end the uproar due to reports of the role of separatist organizations seeking to exploit the situation, it has ruled out accepting the “maximum” demands put forward by the unions.
The government’s proposed amendments as part of compensation to farmers allow private traders to register outside the regulated ‘mandis’ and keep their details in government portals, provide equal taxation to APMC knees and private markets, allowing them to appeal in the field of trade and contract farming disputes.
Before heading to the meeting, the farmer leaders reiterated that they would not go to Buhari’s empty ground as the Home Ministry had previously wanted. When asked about his choice of going to the Ramlila grounds, the farmer leaders said they would take any such decision after talking to all the unions.