Farmer Movement: Government ready to talk to ‘real’ organizations of farmers- Narendra Tomar


Farmers Protest 20th Day Highlights: Amid the ongoing deadlock between Farmer Organizations and the government protesting against the three new farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Tuesday that the government is ‘real farmers’ Willing to continue talks with organizations’ and find solutions to the issue with an open mind. He also said that the minimum support price (MSP) at which the government commits farmers to buy their produce would have been an administrative decision and it would continue ‘in the present form’. Tomar’s statement came after a meeting with members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (farmer) of Uttar Pradesh. During this time, a memorandum was also submitted to Tomar with suggestions about agricultural laws and MSP.

A statement issued by the ministry said that Tomar thanked the BKU (farmer) leaders for coming out in support of the agricultural laws and said that these laws have been welcomed in various states across the country. According to the statement, Tomar said, “The government is ready to continue the dialogue with the real agricultural unions and find solutions with an open mind.” The suggestions given by the BKU (farmer) leaders to the Agriculture Minister demanded that the farmers be given the option of going to civil courts in the event of a dispute, the head of the panchayat should be given the same importance as the head of the mandi, hoarding and black marketing But withholding and reducing electricity rates.

Government got support from Indian Farmers Union
He also proposed that standards should be set for crops at procurement centers so that farmers do not face any problem in selling produce. After the meeting, BKU (farmer) president Pawan Thakur told reporters, ‘The minister explained the laws in detail and we realized that the laws are really good. We had some doubts, he cleared them all. … the minister said that he will look into our demands. He also said that the union has decided to end its protest, which it was organizing at the district level in Uttar Pradesh. Patron Acharya Ram Gopal Dixit from the year 2009 of BKU (farmer) said, ‘The minister listened carefully to our major amendments. He said that the government is already discussing these issues. We suggested six issues to make the laws more effective. We are happy with the conversation with the minister. We believe the government is working positively. It is to be known that some other ministers including Tomar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh have been meeting various farmer unions for the last few days who have supported the new laws.

However, many other farmers ‘unions, particularly the farmers’ organizations of Punjab and Haryana, have continued to protest against the three new agricultural laws for more than two weeks. He says that the new law has ended the MSP and Mandi system and will be left to the mercy of corporate companies. Meanwhile, hardening their stand against the three new agricultural laws, farmer leaders said on Tuesday that they will ‘get these laws back’ from the government. He said that on Wednesday he will completely block the shout border between Delhi and Noida for his demands.

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