Logjam in farmers-Indian govt talks

New Delhi: The agitating farmers’ unions have rejected the government’s draft proposal on amendment to the farm laws. The farm leaders have further declared their intention to continue the agitation till all the three farm laws are repealed, with plans to block Delhi-Jaipur highway by December 12.
The Central government had agreed to farmers’ demands giving its nod on key issues raised by them, including amendments in the three contentious farms laws that were the first and biggest issue driving the ongoing farmers’ protest.
The government communicated its stand through a written draft proposal to the farmers in which it agreed to two main amendments regarding the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) but rejected their demand to repeal three farm laws — a move to break the impasse which has been going on for the last 14 days on the national capital’s borders with thousands of farmers sitting on roads crippling the supply chain.
In the proposal, the Center has agreed to a written Minimum Support Price (MSP) assurance and uniform tax for private market yard and APMC — a marketing board established by state governments to ensure that farmers are safeguarded from exploitation by large retailers, as well as ensuring the farm to retail price does not touch excessively high levels.
There will be a provision for registration for private traders dealing in trade, the proposal says.
On the issue of scrapping farm laws, the government said it is ready to consider the provisions of the laws on which the farmers have raised objections.
With the protesting farmers rejecting the government’s proposals on the farm laws, the opposition is planning to call a meeting of all political parties opposing the measures to devise a joint strategy to pressurize the government.
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