As farmers decide to intensify protest, govt plans next course of action

Narendra Singh Tomar

New Delhi: With farmer leaders rejecting the government’s proposal to amend three controversial farm laws and announcing that they would intensify their agitation by blocking the Jaipur-Delhi and the Delhi-Agra expressways by Saturday, and escalating it to a nationwide protest on 14 December, the government is planning its next course of action.

Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar met Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the next course of action after representatives of farmer groups rejected the Centre’s proposal to amend the new farm reforms.

Amit Shah, whose meeting with farmers was inconclusive Tuesday, had a two-and-half-hour meeting with Tomar and Commerce minister Piyush Goyal yesterday evening.

The Centre offered to amend 7-8 issues, including providing a written assurance for the minimum support price (MSP) policy.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Danve claimed the ongoing agitation against the reforms was backed by China and Pakistan.

“The farmers’ agitation that is taking place in Delhi is not that of farmers. The Central government is ready to spend for the benefit of our farmers. Countries like China and Pakistan have a hand behind these protests,” Danve said.

 

NT Bureau