Farmers Groups Make Their Demands Before The Union

BP World Bureau | Nov 14 2020 11:45:04 AM
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NEW DELHI: Punjab based farmers' organisation representatives held talks with agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar and railways, food and consumer affairs minister Piyush Goyal.

Negotiations did not result in any breakthrough ahead of a planned march to Delhi on November 26 by thousands of cultivators who are protesting the newly passed laws. 

Read: Women Lead Farmers' Protest In Punjab 

Punjab is the main hub of farming with a major percentage of farming being contributed from the state. 

The state is the centre stage of a farmers’ agitation against three laws enacted on September 24 that open up agricultural markets in the country and bring sweeping reforms to the farm sector.

Three controversial ordinances passed by the centre are;

  1. Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, 
  2. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020,
  3. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020.

Food secretary Sudhanshu Pandey called farmers groups for a conversation including the All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKCC), an umbrella platform spearheading the protests, to end the farmers uprising. 

As per the reports, farm leaders demanded an outright repeal of the three laws and a roll-back of the reforms; 

  1. Legislation guaranteeing minimum support prices (MSP)
  2. The resumption of goods train services in Punjab
  3. Pending Electricity (Amendment) Bill, 2020 
  4. Repeal of an air pollution ordinance for the national Capital that aims to crack down on farm stubble fires.