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January 19, 2021 / 11:01 PM IST

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: SC-appointed committee to meet farmers on January 21, says panel member PK Joshi

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 55th day. The Supreme Court-appointed committee is scheduled to hold its first round of consultations with farmers and other stakeholders on January 21.

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 55th 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. On January 12, the Supreme Court ordered a stay on the implementation of these contentious laws hoping it will end the farmers' protest. The apex court also constituted a four-member panel of agricultural experts to resolve the impasse between their farmers' union leaders and the Centre. However, in their response to what the court called an extraordinary order of stay, the farmer unions made it clear that they will not call off the protest until the three reform laws enacted in September are repealed. The SC-appointed committee is scheduled to hold its first round of consultations with farmers and other stakeholders on January 21.
  • January 19, 2021 / 11:00 PM IST

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  • January 19, 2021 / 09:58 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Three held for trying to protest in support of farmers in Shimla

    Three men have been arrested for allegedly trying to hold without permission a protest in support of farmers at the Ridge Maidan here on Tuesday, police said.
    Karandeep Sandhu, Harpreet Singh and Gurpreet Singh from Punjab's Mohali and Chandigarh were arrested under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) sections 107 (apprehension of breach of peace) and 151 (arrest to prevent cognizable offences) as they had no permission either from the Home Department or from the deputy commissioner to hold the protest, a police spokesperson said.

    Himachal Congress president Kuldeep Rathore visited the Sadar police station to meet the arrested men. In a statement, the state Congress chief said they supported the farmers' demand for repeal of the three new agri laws.

    Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) state president Vijendra Mehra and its general secretary Prem Gautam hit out at the state government over the arrests.

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  • January 19, 2021 / 09:22 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Authorities should facilitate tractor rally, not stop it, say union leaders as farmers gear up for R Day protest march

    Even as uncertainty looms over their planned tractor rally on the Republic Day, farmer unions agitating against the new agri laws on Tuesday said their preparations are in full gear and authorities should facilitate the "peaceful march", instead of stopping it.

    After the Delhi Police sought an injunction on the tractor rally, the Supreme Court on Monday said the decision on it has to be taken by the Centre and the police, and the official permission is yet to be worked out.

    Protesting unions, which plan to hold the rally on the Outer Ring Road in Delhi on January 26, have begun holding tractor rallies at villages in Punjab to mobilise people for the parade and and said more farmers will be heading to the national capital in batches later this week.

  • January 19, 2021 / 07:05 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | We'll keep our personal views on farm laws aside; Repeal not good for future reforms: Members of SC-appointed panel

    Under attack from protesting unions for their "pro-government" public stand on three contentious farm laws, members of a panel set up by the Supreme Court to resolve the crisis said on Tuesday they will keep aside their own ideology and views while consulting various stakeholders, even as they indicated a complete repeal won't augur well for much-needed agriculture reforms.

    A key committee member and president of Maharashtra-based Shetkari Sanghatana, Anil Ghanwat said the farm sector reforms are much needed and no political party in the next 50 years will ever attempt them again if these laws are repealed.

    He, however, added the panel will listen to all farmers, including those supporting and those opposing the laws, and accordingly prepare a report for submitting to the apex court.

  • January 19, 2021 / 07:03 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Authorities should facilitate tractor rally, not stop it, says union leader as farmers gear up for R Day protest march

    Even as uncertainty looms over their planned tractor rally in Delhi on Republic Day, farmers protesting on Delhi's borders against the new agri laws on Tuesday said their preparations for the 'peaceful march' are in full gear and there is no question of going back.

    After the Delhi Police sought an injunction on the tractor rally, the Supreme Court on Monday said the decision on it has to be taken by the Centre and the police, and the official permission is yet to be worked out.

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  • January 19, 2021 / 06:06 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Congress does not want govt-farmers talks to succeed: BJP

    The BJP on January 19 accused the Congress of working to scuttle the ongoing talks between the government and farmer unions, hitting back at the opposition party''s leader Rahul Gandhi over his attack on the Modi dispensation over farm laws and national security. 

    Senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the opposition party does not want the talks to succeed and has resorted to obstructive tactics. 

    The next round of talks between the government and farmer unions is scheduled for Wednesday. 

    He expressed confidence that the talks will be successful and claimed that the three laws, whose repeal has been demanded by protesting farmers, were based on demands made by the farming community over the years.

  • January 19, 2021 / 06:03 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Union minister Prakash Javadekar: You are talking about 'kheti ka khoon' but what about bloodbath during the partition? 3,000 Sikhs were burnt alive in Delhi in 1984. Was it not bloodshed?...Lakhs of farmers died by suicide during Congress rule, was there no blood in their bodies?

  • January 19, 2021 / 03:52 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Anil Ghanwat, member of SC-formed committee: If the government wants to come and speak with us, we welcome it. We will hear the Govt too. The biggest challenge is to convince the agitating farmers to come and speak with us, we will try our level best.

  • January 19, 2021 / 03:36 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | The Supreme Court had set up the four-member panel on January 11, but one of them, Bhupinder Singh Mann, recused himself later after questions were raised by the agitating farmer unions about the views expressed by all members in the past in support of the contentious laws, against which thousands are protesting on Delhi borders for almost two months now. Separately, nine rounds of talks have taken place between the government and agitating unions without any concrete resolution.

  • January 19, 2021 / 03:20 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Members of the Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws will not let their personal views on these Acts come in the way of their deliberations with various stakeholders, key committee member Anil Ghanwat said today, while asserting that they are not on the side of any party or the government. After their first meeting, Ghanwat said the first round of consultations with farmers and other stakeholders has been scheduled for January 21.

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  • January 19, 2021 / 03:03 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | It has been decided that the first meet with farmers will be held on January 21. A physical meeting will be held with farmer organisations and stakeholder organisations who want to meet us in person. Video conferencing will be held with those who can't come to us: PK Joshi, member of the Supreme Court-formed committee (ANI)

  • January 19, 2021 / 02:36 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi: I won't comment on Supreme Court and India can see the reality of the Supreme Court: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the committee formed by SC.

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