Farmers’ protest: Farmer unions reject government’s draft proposal

Farmer leaders reach Vigyan Bhawan to hold talks with Centre
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NEW DELHI DECEMBER 9: The Farmers unions have rejected the central government’s draft proposal. They have announced some decisions taken to intensify their steer against the government.

Nothing new in government’s draft proposal; BJP clearly helping corporates, says farm leaders.

Government’s proposal is an insult to farmers, asserted Farm leaders.

Farm leaders declare they will boycott Reliance, Jio products. Adani-Ambani products including JIO sims or malls, toll plazas, BJP minister and representatives to be gheraoed and boycotted.

Farm leaders told that they will take this agitation to the national level and will block Delhi-Jaipur highway by December 12. All toll plazas in the country to be made free for one day.

“On 14th December, BJP offices will be gheraoed, protest demonstrations will be held in many parts of the country. We are also giving a call to farmers from other parts of the country to reach Delhi,” says Farmer leaders at Singhu border.

As farmers agitation against the Centre’s three farm laws entered the 14th day, the Centre today proposed to give a “written assurance” that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue.

The Centre has sent the draft proposal to 13 agitating farmer unions, assuring registration of all private mandis to strengthen AMPC.

This comes a day after meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah failed to break the deadlock.

Today’s meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar – the sixth since the protests started – has been called off as farm leaders refused to attend it.

Farmers have been protesting against the Centre’s recent farm laws. There have been talks between the farmer leaders and the Union ministers, but the talks have not borne fruit.

Thousands of farmers are protesting against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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