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January 22, 2021 / 06:55 AM IST

Farmers' Protest Highlights: Farm leaders reject govt's proposal of suspending farm laws for 1.5 years

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 57th day.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 57th day today. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, are staging a sit-in protest along Delhi borders. The protest started on November 26. The farmers are demanding a complete rollback of the new farm reform laws and a guarantee on the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system
being retained. Multiple rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmers’ union leaders have ended in a stalemate. Protesting farmers fear that the new laws will dismantle the MSP system and corporatise farming. The Supreme Court had earlier ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws hoping it will end the farmers' protest. On January 20, the farm union leaders said they will consider the Centre's proposal to suspend the implementation of the laws for the next 18 months while a committee is formed to look into their demands. Unions are reportedly studying the proposal and return for talks tomorrow.
  • January 21, 2021 / 10:08 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmer leaders reject government's proposal of suspending farm laws for 1.5 years

    The farmer unions meeting is over and senior leader Balbir Singh Rajewal now says government proposal of suspending farm laws has been rejected. 

  • January 21, 2021 / 08:37 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates |  It's been decided that no proposal of Govt will be accepted until & unless they repeal the laws. In tomorrow's meet (with Govt) we'll say that we've only one demand, repeal the laws & legally authorize MSP. All these have been unanimously decided, said Farmer leader Joginder S Ugrahan.  

  • January 21, 2021 / 08:33 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Samyukta Morcha rejects govt proposal, demand repeal of laws

    In a full general body meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha today, the proposal put forth by the Government yesterday was rejected. A full repeal of three central farm acts and enacting legislation for remunerative MSP for all farmers were reiterated as the pending demands of the movement.

  • January 21, 2021 / 06:46 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | 'Kisan Jagruk Sapta' to be celebrated from 24 January to 30 January: RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav

    We will celebrate a week long 'Kisan Jagruk Sapta' between January 24 & January 30 and will educate the farmers of Bihar regarding the three farm laws, said RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav. 

  • January 21, 2021 / 03:48 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | New farm reform laws will make farmers captive of big traders: Kamal Nath

    Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath yesterday accused the Centre of ruining the farmers of the country and claimed that the three new agriculture reform laws will make the cultivators captive of traders.

    Nath made the statement while addressing the 'Kisan Khat Mahapanchayat' in Morena district, the Lok Sabha constituency of Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. (Input from PTI)

  • January 21, 2021 / 03:28 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers bring up NIA notices, say Centre is trying to intimidate them

    The protesting farmers brought up the National Investigation Agency (NIA) notices that were being sent to them during the 10th round of discussion between them and the government yesterday.

    In the first session, the farm unions reportedly raised the issue of NIA notices being sent to those supporting the agitation and the arrests of protesting farmers in Haryana, accusing the government of trying to intimidate the protestors.

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  • January 21, 2021 / 03:10 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | News agency PTI has reported citing sources that police officers tried to convince the protesting farm unions to hold their tractor rally on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway instead of the Outer Ring Road, but in vain.

    A farmer leader, who attended the meeting with the police, said: "The government wants us to take out our rally outside Delhi, but we want to hold it inside Delhi. No decision was taken in today's meeting."

  • January 21, 2021 / 02:18 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Taking to reporters after the meeting with Delhi Police, Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav said the police wanted the farmer leaders to take out their tractor rally outside the national capital.

    "We will do our parade peacefully inside Delhi. They wanted us to hold the tractor rally outside Delhi, which is not possible," Yadav, who is actively participating in the ongoing agitation against the Centre's new farm reform laws, said.

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  • January 21, 2021 / 01:37 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SAD, AAP spread lies against Punjab government over farm reform laws: Punjab CM

    Citing an RTI reply indicating that the report of the chief ministers' high-powered panel on agriculture reforms was not presented before the NITI Aayog, Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh yesterday accused the SAD and AAP of spreading "lies" against his government.

    According to a government statement, media reports citing a reply to a Right to Information (RTI) query suggest that the farm ordinances were promulgated and introduced in Parliament in June last year without the report of the chief ministers' committee being ever appraised by the governing council of NITI Aayog. (Input from PTI)

  • January 21, 2021 / 01:17 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Darshan Pal, Krantikari Kisan Union to ANI: The government has said that the tractor parade on Republic Day cannot be conducted on Delhi's Outer Ring Road due to security reasons. We are clear that we will conduct tractor parade there only. After tomorrow's meeting with Centre, we will hold another meeting with police.

  • January 21, 2021 / 12:47 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Centre stubborn over farm reform laws: Sachin Pilot

    Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot yesterday attacked the Centre over the farm reform laws, accusing it of being stubborn and not ready to listen to anyone. “Our MPs are protesting over the laws for the past several weeks but the government is not ready to listen to anyone and hold meaningful discussions,” Pilot alleged, adding that the Centre is "backing out from its stubborn attitude". (Input from PTI)

  • January 21, 2021 / 12:06 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Tractor rally on Republic Day: Meeting underway between Delhi Police, farmer unions

    A meeting is underway between the Delhi Police and farmer unions regarding the proposed tractor rally by them on Republic Day, officials said. Joint Commissioner of Police (Northern Range) SS Yadav is coordinating the meeting which is being held at Mantram Resort near the Singhu border, they said.

    A similar meeting was held yesterday between the union leaders and officers of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana police at Vigyan Bhawan to discuss the route and arrangements of the proposed rally on January 26. However, the farmer unions had rejected a suggestion by the police officers to hold the rally on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway instead of Delhi's busy Outer Ring Road. (Input from PTI)