Farmers Protest Update: Farmers To Discuss Government’s Offer Of Suspending Farm Laws for 18 Months

Farmers will discuss the government’s proposal of suspending farms laws for one and a half year and will get back to the government tomorrow. The decision to hold Republic Day tractor parade stands.

Tenth Round Of Discussion Amid Farmers Protest

The tenth round of discussion between the government and farm unions ended on a positive note. Though not giving up their demand for total repeal of farm laws, the farmers will discuss the government’s proposal today. The government has proposed delaying the implementation of farm laws for 18 months. It will submit an affidavit for the same in the Supreme Court. It also suggested forming a committee comprising farm union leaders and government representatives to discuss other farmers’ demands. Besides, regarding the NIA notices, the ministers said that they would get them withdrawn soon.

Republic Day Tractor Parade Preparations in Full Swing

The Centre withdrew its plea against Tractor Parade on Republic Day as per Supreme Court’s order. The government filed the petition through Delhi Police seeking a ruling against the trolley march saying that it will disrupt the Republic Day celebration. However, the top court turned down the plea explaining that it is the decision of Delhi Police. Post this, Delhi, Haryana, and U.P’s police officers discussed with farm unions and suggested them alternative route (the Kundli–Manesar–Palwal (KMP) Expressway) to carry out the rally. However, they rejected their proposal and said that the tractor parade would be peacefully held at Outer Ring Road. Farmers will again meet police officials to discuss the same issue today.

No Participation In Meetings Of Court-Appointed Committee

Though there was no progress in the first two sessions of the 10th round of discussions, the government’s proposal to suspend the laws has raised some hope. Farmers’ leaders claimed that the government was avoiding the debate on legal guarantee on MSP. Farmers’ leaders will give their final decision on the government’s proposal in the next meeting. Also, they have abstained themselves from participating in the meetings of the court-appointed committee.

The next round of discussion between government and farmers’ leaders will take place on 22nd January.  

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