Fresh rounds of talks between govt-farmers

New Delhi: The protesting farmers and the government are set to hold the next round of talks today to try and find a solution to end the stir which has been going on for more than a month. This will be the seventh round of talks between the two sides.

In the last round of meetings, the Centre said the two sides had come to an understanding on two of the four demands of the farmers – withdrawal of the Electricity Amendment Bill and the penal provisions for stubble burning in the Air Quality Commission Ordinance.

The farmers, camping out at the Delhi borders amid the bitter cold and rains, have warned that they will hold a tractor rally on Republic Day if their demands are not met.

The farmers launched their protest at three Delhi border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – on 26 November, and have since then braved water cannons, cold wave and now rain. The continuous downpour led to water-logging at agitation venues on Sunday and waterproof tents did not help much, according to the protesters.

Abhimanyu Kohar, a member of Sankyukt Kisan Morcha, said, “The situation is very bad at protest sites due to rain which has caused water-logging. There is so much cold after the rains, but the government is not able to see our misery.”

 

NT Bureau