The farmers who’ve been agitating for the previous two weeks towards the brand new agri legal guidelines on Thursday introduced that they may block railway tracks if their calls for aren’t met by the federal government.
The farmer unions, which held a gathering on Thursday, mentioned they may quickly announce a date for blocking tracks throughout the nation.
Addressing reporters on the Delhi’s Singhu border the place they’ve been protesting for nearly two weeks to demand a rollback of the agri legal guidelines, the farmer unions additionally reiterated that they may intensify their agitation and begin blocking all highways resulting in the nationwide capital.
“We’ll block railway tracks if our calls for aren’t met. We’ll determine on the date and announce it quickly. The blocking of tracks won’t be restricted to Haryana and Punjab however it will likely be accomplished throughout the nation,” farmer chief Boota Singh mentioned on the press convention.
The announcement by farmers got here on the day Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar mentioned it was not correct to announce the following stage of agitation when talks have been persevering with and urged the unions to return to the dialogue desk.
Tomar additionally urged farmer union leaders to contemplate proposals despatched to them to interrupt the impasse over protests towards the three new farm legal guidelines and mentioned the federal government is prepared for additional discussions with them any time.
“The Centre has admitted that legal guidelines have been made for merchants. If agriculture is a state topic, the central authorities doesn’t have proper to make legal guidelines on it,” mentioned Balbir Singh Rajewal, one other chief.
1000’s of farmers have been protesting at varied border factors for nearly two weeks in search of a repeal of the brand new agri legal guidelines, which they declare have been aimed toward benefitting corporates by weakening the ‘mandi’ system and the minimal help value (MSP) regime for procurement of farm produce.
The federal government had on Wednesday proposed to offer a “written assurance” that the present MSP regime for procurement will proceed.
Nonetheless, the farmers’ unions rejected the proposal and mentioned they might intensify their agitation till the federal government accepts their demand for a whole repeal of the three legal guidelines.
The federal government has additionally proposed to make obligatory amendments on at the least seven points, together with one to allay fears concerning the weakening of the ‘mandi’ system.
“5 rounds of talks have already been held with the federal government, however they remained inconclusive. Up to now, the federal government has not despatched us any invitation for one more spherical of talks. If authorities sends us proposal for a gathering, we are going to determine it in our assembly,” one other farmer chief Shiv Kumar Kakka instructed PTI.
Requested about answer to ongoing standoff with the federal government, Kakka mentioned, “solely God is aware of.” “We face lots of difficulties on account of chilly climate and the Covid-19 pandemic, however regardless of this, we are going to proceed our protest till our calls for are met,” Kakka additionally added.