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Farmers' Protest Highlights: Farmer unions agree to resume talks on December 29

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' agitation has entered the 31st day.

Farmers' Protest Highlights: The 'Delhi Chalo' farmers' protest at border points of New Delhi has entered the 31st 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. Yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi released an instalment of the financial benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN). At the push of a button, PM Modi enabled transfer of more than Rs 18,000 crore to over 9 crore beneficiary farmer families. The prime minister also interacted with and addressed farmers from six states as part of the event.
  • December 26, 2020 / 06:29 PM IST

    Farmers' Protests Updates LIVE | The first two points in our agenda for talks are- modalities to repeal the three farm laws, and mechanism & procedure to bring law for providing a legal guarantee on MSP (Minimum Support Price): Yogendra Yadav, Swaraj India (ANI) 

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  • December 26, 2020 / 06:28 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest Updates LIVE | Rashtriya Loktantrik Party chief Hanuman Beniwal says he has left the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in protest against the farm laws. "These laws are anti-farmer, I have left NDA but won't forge alliance with Congress" he said. (With inputs from ANI) 

  • December 26, 2020 / 05:44 PM IST

    Farmers' Protests Updates LIVE | We propose to hold another round of talks with the Centre at 11 am on 29th December: Yogendra Yadav, Swaraj India. (Source: ANI) 

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  • December 26, 2020 / 04:10 PM IST

    Farmer Protests LIVE Updates | Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in Dhenkanal said that during Manmohan Singh's government, in 2013-14, farmers were paid Rs 1,310 for 1 quintal paddy. However, under Modi government, this was increased to  it to Rs 1,815 per quintal. "He (Modi)  has directly transferred Rs 53,680 crores into accounts of farmers of Odisha," Pradhan said. (With inputs from ANI) 

  • December 26, 2020 / 04:00 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Assam: Farmers agitating against new agriculture reform laws should resolve their issues through discussions.

  • December 26, 2020 / 03:22 PM IST

    Farmers’ protest LIVE updates | “No reform has ever happened out of a complete consensus. Former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao’s economic liberalisation took place not because of consensus. They happened under an economic crisis. It’s high time, politics and emotions took a back seat, and a reasonable approach is adopted by those groups who claim to speak for the farmers' future,” Shekhar Iyer, former senior associate editor of Hindustan Times and political editor of Deccan Herald, wrote for Moneycontrol last week.

    Read the full opinion piece here: Reforms and consensus do not always go hand in hand

  • December 26, 2020 / 02:48 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and Congress leader Digvijaya Singh: Farmers of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are protesting against farm laws because PM Modi is doing injustice to them. Farmers of Madhya Pradesh are innocent but even Congressmen are sleeping. Wake up, join the stir and raise voices against these laws.

  • December 26, 2020 / 02:24 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) chief Sukhbir Singh Badal yesterday said the Centre should stop defaming farmers and hold talks with them on ways to repeal  the contentious agriculture reform laws.

    In a statement, the SAD president said the Union government has adopted a callous and insensitive attitude towards the suffering of farmers who are camping out in the open in severe cold wave conditions at Delhi borders. (Input from PTI)

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  • December 26, 2020 / 01:50 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee yesterday demanded that the Centre arrange trains so that farmers from different parts of the country reach the ongoing protests at Delhi's border points, adding that they are ready to pay the cost of tickets for all peasants. (Input from PTI)

  • December 26, 2020 / 01:31 PM IST

    Farmers' Protest LIVE Updates | Farmer unions likely to decide today on resuming talks with Centre

    The protesting farmer unions had met yesterday to discuss the Centre’s latest letter inviting them for talks, with some of them indicating that they may decide to resume their dialogue with the government to find a solution to the ongoing deadlock.

    The unions said they will hold another meeting today where a formal decision on the Centre's invite for resumption of stalled talks is likely to be taken. (Input from PTI)

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