Farmer Leaders Decided To Resume Talk With The Center From December 29

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From last almost a month now, farmers are protesting against the three farm laws passed by the central government. On Saturday, farmers union has decided that they will resume talks with the government from December 29. The decision was taken at a meeting of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, a union body of 40 farmer unions protesting at various Delhi border points against three farm laws.

However, Rakesh Tikait a senior leader of Bharatiya Kisan Union, said the process for the revokation of three farm laws and guarantee for MSP (minimum support price at which the government procures crops from farmers) should be the prime agenda for talks with the government. He told to PTI, “We have decided to hold talks with the government on December 29.”

Thousands of farmers especially from the states of Punjab and Haryana have been protesting at three Delhi border points —- Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur — for nearly a month, they are asking for the absolute repeal of three farm laws approved in September and a legal guarantee on minimum support price.

The three ordinances related to farm bills are:

1) Amending the Essential Commodities Act to deregulate prices and quantity sold of certain commodities deemed essential,

2) Allowing and facilitating contract farming

3) Allowing private markets to be set up outside the physical boundaries of the ‘Agriculture Produce Market Committees’ (APMC) mandis. 

While the government says these three laws will be beneficial for farmers, they are of the opinion that these Acts will leave them at the mercy of big private corporates by weakening the mandi and MSP systems.