Today, 52 days have passed since farmers sat on Dharna outside the nation’s capital to demand the rollback of three “anti-farmer farm laws”.
Enacted in September, the three agricultural laws were projected by the Center as major reforms in the agricultural sector that will cut out middlemen and allow farmers to sell their products across the country.
However, protesting farmers expressed fear that the new laws would pave the way for the elimination of the MSP’s safety cushion and do away with the “mandi” (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big business.
Meanwhile, the government asked protesting farmers on Friday to form an informal group to prepare a concrete proposal on their objections and suggestions on the three farm laws for further discussion at their next meeting on January 19 to end. to the long demonstration at the various borders of Delhi. , but the unions stuck to their main demand for a complete repeal of all three laws.
While nearly five hours of talks between 41 unions and three central ministers did not reach a decisive stage in the ninth round of negotiations in Vigyan Bhawan here, the two sides decided to meet again next Tuesday.
(With contributions from agencies)