New Delhi: Today is the 94th day of the farmers’ agitation against three contentious agricultural laws that was passed in September last year. Even as the protests have garnered support from international voices as well as opposition, the Centre has not been able to find a solution to this deadlock that has been going on for more than three months. While the farmers are firm on their demands and have made it clear that they would not settle until the laws are repealed, the government, too, is not ready to back down. Farmers have been protesting at Ghazipur, Tikri and Singhu borders.
To mark the death anniversary of Shaheed Chandrashekhar Azad, farmers have announced to observe ‘Mazdoor Kisan Ekta Divas’. On February 28, the farmers’ organizations holding a meeting to discuss further strategy.
Along with this, farmers have also announced to carry out a cycle march from Kanyakumari to Kashmir. The cycle journey will be conducted across 20 states and will begin from March 12.
Meanwhile, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has invited the farmers to hold talks once again to resolve an impasse. He said that gathering crowds does not change the law. He said that farmers unions should tell what is against the farmers in these laws and the government is ready to amend them. Farmers’ organizations say that they do not accept the current proposal of the government to keep the new agricultural laws suspended for one to one and a half years.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself spoke to the farmers about the discussion on agricultural law.
Till now 12 rounds of talks have been held between the farmers and government to find an impasse on agricultural laws, but no result has been found. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar proposed to postpone the new agricultural laws for one and a half years, but farmers are adamant on their demand for minimum support price guarantee and withdrawal of these agricultural laws.