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December 16, 2020 / 10:59 PM IST

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: Day of 'special joy' for farmers, says PM on Rs 3,500 crore subsidy for sugar mills

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: Farmers' agitation against the Centre's new farm reform laws has entered 21st day today. Farmers from different states have been camping at Delhi's Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur border points to demand repeal of the farm reform laws.

Farmers' Protest News Highlights: The Delhi Chalo farmers' protest at border points in New Delhi has entered the 21st day today. The Supreme Court today issued a notice to the Centre and others on a batch of petitions seeking removal of farmers camping at several roads near Delhi borders in protest against the three new agri reform laws. Leaders of agitating farmers have asserted they
will "make" the Centre repeal the three new agri reform laws in a hardening of their stand even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi said a conspiracy is afoot to confuse them and accused the opposition of shooting off farmers' shoulders. Farmers have so far rejected the government's offer of amendments in the new agriculture reform laws and a written assurance on continuing the MSP system. Union Minister Kailash Choudhary has said that the government will soon decide a date and call union leaders for the next round of talks. Previous five rounds of talks between the central government and representatives of 40 farmer unions remained inconclusive. Farmers have said that the protest will continue until their demands are met and the laws are scrapped. They fear that the new laws will dismantle the minimum support price (MSP) system and corporatise farming.
  • December 16, 2020 / 10:59 PM IST

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  • December 16, 2020 / 10:56 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Unable to bear 'farmers' plight', Sikh cleric shoots himself dead

    A Sikh preacher supporting the farmers' agitation against the Centre's agriculture laws allegedly committed suicide near the Singhu border in Delhi on December 16, police said.

    A handwritten note in Punjabi, purportedly left behind by the deceased, says he was unable to bear the "pain of farmers".

    The note is being verified by police.

  • December 16, 2020 / 10:30 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers’ body moves HC against Gehlot govt's decision to exclude state’s two key crops from MSP ambit

    The Rajasthan High Court on December 16 sought the stand of the state government on a plea challenging its decision to exclude two important crops of the state from the ambit of procurement on the minimum support price mechanism.

    A Jodhpur bench of the high court issued notices to the Centre and state governments at a time when the farmers have been camping at Delhi borders in protest against the three central farm laws that, they fear, are aimed at eliminating the MSP mechanism.

  • December 16, 2020 / 10:28 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Rahul Gandhi on farmer's suicide

  • December 16, 2020 / 09:51 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Modi govt continuously working for farmers' benefits: Amit Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on December 16 said the Narendra Modi government is continuously working for the interests of the country''s farmers. 
    In a tweet in Hindi, he said the Modi government has taken another major decision and approved an assistance of Rs 3,500 crore for sugarcane farmers.

    Shah expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Prime Minister Modi for this decision, which will benefit five crore sugarcane farmers, their families and five lakh workers associated with the sector.

    He also said this assistance will be directly deposited in the bank accounts of the farmers.

    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by the prime minister, has approved the assistance of about Rs 3,500 crore for sugarcane farmers.

  • December 16, 2020 / 08:36 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Government is willing to give in writing that we'll continue to buy at MSP, says Kailash Choudhary

  • December 16, 2020 / 08:04 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Anti-Indian, feudalistic force behind farmers' stir: Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan

    Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday alleged that an anti-Indian and feudalistic force was behind the ongoing farmers' agitation against the new agricultural laws.

    He said that this force was also against the concepts of ''Bharatiyata'' (Indianness) and India's self-reliance.

    "There is a force in the country which is basically anti-India and feudalistic. The people associated with this force are also against Indianness and the country''s self- reliance. This force is behind the farmers' agitation," Pradhan told reporters.

    The Petroleum Minister was here to address a divisional farmers'' convention organised by the BJP.

  • December 16, 2020 / 07:21 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmers' interest Modi govt''s top priority: J P Nadda

    Lauding the Union Cabinet's nod for Rs 3,500 crore subsidy for sugar mills, BJP president J P Nadda said on Wednesday that farmers'' interest is always the top priority for the Modi government.

    He also noted that Rs 6,700 crore has been approved for consolidation of electricity infrastructure for socio-economic development in all the six northeast states.

    The national security directive on the telecommunication sector has also been approved and it will help in keeping India safe and secure, the BJP chief said.

  • December 16, 2020 / 07:19 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Day of 'special joy' for farmers, says PM on Rs 3,500 crore subsidy for sugar mills

    It is a day of "special joy" for crores of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on December 16 soon after the government approved a subsidy of Rs 3,500 crore to sugar mills for clearing the dues of farmers and asserted that it will also help lakhs of workers associated with these mills. 

    The government approved the subsidy for the export of 60 lakh tonnes of sugar during the ongoing marketing year 2020-21 as part of its efforts to help them clear outstanding dues to sugarcane farmers. 

  • December 16, 2020 / 07:18 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Most of SP workers are farmers: Akhilesh Yadav

    Amid the farmers' agitation against the three central farm laws, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on December 16 claimed that most of the SP workers are farmers. "The BJP government has sent not only SP workers to jail, but has also arrested farmers as most of the SP workers are farmers,” Yadav said in a tweet in Hindi.

  • December 16, 2020 / 06:56 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Modi govt followed Swaminathan Commission recommendations, opposition misleading farmers: Narendra Singh Tomar

    It is the Narendra Modi government, which followed the recommendations of Swaminathan Commission, and declared Minimum Support Price (MSP) for various farm produces by adding 50 percent profit on the cost of the farmer, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told a gathering of farmers in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, even as the farmers' protest in and around Delhi continued.

  • December 16, 2020 / 06:54 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | SC expresses displeasure over repeated requests for allowing Harish Salve to argue

    The Supreme Court Wednesday expressed displeasure over repeated requests that senior lawyer Harish Salve be unmuted and allowed to raise some “legal issue” during the hearing of pleas seeking removal of protesting farmers camping at borders of the national capital.
    A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde told Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, that Salve can join the proceedings on Thursday when the pleas would be heard again.

    The issue came to fore when Mehta told the bench that he has received message from Salve that he be unmuted to join the proceedings

     “I have received a message from Mr Harish Salve and he is requesting to be unmuted,” the law officer told the bench which also comprised Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

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