Talks with Centre yield no solutions: say, Farmers

Source: The Indian Express

Farmers want the government to think about them before while making decisions

New Delhi, Dec 3: Farmers protesting at Nirankari Samagam Ground in Burari today said they have no hopes from the meeting scheduled later in the day with the Centre to resolve their issues. 

Speaking to ANI in the morning, 69-year-old Gyan Singh (Punjab) said, “Earlier also such meetings happened but no solutions came in our favour. The government must think about our interest else we will stay here longer.” Balbinder Singh (76), a farmer from Punjab, said that farmers would leave Delhi immediately if their demands were accepted by the Centre.

Many farmers complained that earlier they sold Maize for Rs 1,700-1,800 but now they sell it for Rs 700 which has put their survival in jeopardy.

“Our issues are not limited to the demand for minimum support price (MSP) but the entire bill,” said 70-year-old Kalabjit Singh, a farmer from Mansa district of Punjab.

Farmers are scheduled to meet Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today.

“35 leaders are going to meet the government. We are educated farmers. We know what is good for us. We want these laws to be withdrawn,” said a farmer. 

The government held the third round of talks with farmer representatives on Tuesday where the Centre offered to set up a committee, which the farmers’ unions rejected, and demanded a special session of parliament to repeal the “black laws” made for the corporate bodies. Farmers said they’ll continue their protest till their issues are resolved.

According to reports, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh are meeting today before farmers’ talks with the Centre.

Source: ANI

Edited by: Sanskriti Falor