India / Farmers to block Delhi-Jaipur & Delhi-Agra highways on Dec 12

Zoom News : Dec 09, 2020, 08:45 PM
New Delhi: Fourteen days have gone by since farmers arrived at the border of India’s national capital, New Delhi, to protest the country’s new farm laws. And, no breakthrough is in sight, with the farmer unions unanimously rejecting the government’s latest proposal.

They have now called for a nationwide protest on December 14.

The farmers announced that they will be boycotting Adani projects, malls, toll plazas and other projects that provide revenue to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on December 14. And, on December 12, they plan on blocking the Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra highways.

Terms of the nationwide protest:

Boycotting Jio products at a national level

Protests at district headquarters of BJP across the country on December 14

Adani and Ambani projects, malls and toll plazas will also be targeted with protests and made free for travellers

Toll plazas will be made free for everyone on December 12

Delhi’s neighbouring states like Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh will also protest on December 14 under the slogan of ‘Delhi Chalo’ to surround the national capital

Farmers in other parts of the country South India and the North-East will continue to protest after December 14

“If the government sends another proposal, which may consider it, but for now we reject the terms entirely,” said one of the leader’s at a press conference.

The government’s draft proposal was shared with 13 farm union leaders suggesting certain amendments to the farm laws after the union leaders cancelled the sixth round of talks with the government scheduled on December 9.

Government’s ‘assurances’ to the farmers

The government’s proposal offers to give ‘written assurance' that the existing Minimum Support Price (MSP) regime for procurement will continue.

It has also assured farmers that all private mandis will have to register, and there is an option to impose fees on them, which will result in the strengthening of AMPCs.

Some of the other apprehensions addressed include farmers having the option to go to courts, and their land will not be attached to any loans by big corporates.

The government said it would come up with a proper arrangement on the farmers’ demand to take back the law on stubble burning. And, that Electricity Amendment Act 2020 will not be implemented, the situation will remain status quo.

“The government has tried to address the concerns of farmers with an open heart and with respect for the farming community of the country. The government appeals to the Kisan unions to end their agitation,” said the proposal.

Standoff between farmers and the Indian government continues

"It is work in progress," says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, on being asked about talks between government and farmers over the farm laws during the cabinet briefing on December 9.

However, the negotiations between the two sides seem to have hit an impasse. On December 8, the farmers initiated a nationwide lockdown or Bharat Bandh. Yet, the meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah — held on the same day — failed to break the deadlock.

A joint delegation of Opposition parties, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, is scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind to discuss the ongoing agitation against the farm laws later today.