Farmer Protest / Farmers will respond to the government's MSP proposal - matter made in the fourth meeting

Vikrant Shekhawat : Feb 19, 2024, 10:50 AM
Farmer Protest: The fourth round of meeting was held between farmer leaders and three Union Ministers in Chandigarh on Sunday on the issue of legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops. The central government agreed to give MSP on four more crops. Apart from paddy and wheat, the Central Government has also proposed to give MSP on lentil, urad, maize and cotton crops, but for this the farmers will have to sign a five-year agreement with NCCF, NAFED and CCI. The farmers decided to consider the government's proposal. Farmers will reply to the government before 21 February. At the same time, farmer organizations have not yet announced to end the movement. For now, we will remain at Shambhu border and Khanauli border.

Farmers will give the final decision on the proposal today

Farmer leaders present in the meeting on the Centre's proposal said that they will talk to all the organizations and give the final decision on this on Monday. After the meeting that lasted for about five hours, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said that the talks with the farmers were held in a cordial atmosphere. He said the government has proposed to cooperative societies Indian National Consumer Cooperative Federation Maryadit (NCCF) and National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) to enter into a five-year agreement with farmers to purchase pulses at the minimum support price (MSP). . He said that apart from this, Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) has proposed to enter into a five-year agreement with the farmers to buy cotton crop at MSP. Goyal said that farmer leaders will inform about their decision on the government's proposals by Monday.

He said, "We have proposed to the cooperative societies NCCF and NAFED to enter into a five-year agreement with the farmers to purchase pulses at MSP." Goyal said, "We have proposed that the Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) Will make a five-year agreement with the farmers to buy cotton crop at MSP. Farmers are protesting with other demands including legal guarantee for the MSP of the produce.

Talk made in fourth round, farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march continues

Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai had reached Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration located in Sector-26 for a meeting with farmer leaders. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann also attended the meeting. This meeting started at around 8.30 pm. Earlier meetings between Union ministers and farmer leaders were held on 8 February, 12 February and 15 February, but the talks were inconclusive. This meeting has taken place at a time when thousands of farmers are standing in Shambhu and Khanauri on the border of Punjab and Haryana with their various demands and a large number of security forces have been deployed to stop the farmers' 'Delhi Chalo' march from entering the national capital. Are deployed.

Are farmers agitating regarding these demands?

  • MSP guarantee law should be made for the purchase of all crops.
  • The prices of crops should be decided according to the report of Dr. Swaminathan Commission. MSP was fifty percent more than the average cost of production of all crops.
  • Loans of farmers and farm laborers should be waived off. Farmers should be kept out of pollution laws.
  • Farmers above 60 years of age should be given a pension of Rs 10,000.
  • Land Acquisition Act 2013 should be re-implemented.
  • The culprits of Lakhimpur Kheri incident should be punished. The bail of the accused should be cancelled.
  • Free trade agreements should be banned.
  • The Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 should be repealed.
  • Under MNREGA, 200 days of work and wages of Rs 700 should be given every year.
  • Compensation and government jobs should be given to the families of farmers killed in the farmers' movement. According to the agreement, a compensation of Rs 10 lakh should be given to the injured. All the cases registered during all the movements across the country including Delhi Morcha should be cancelled.
  • Strict laws should be made against companies selling fake seeds, pesticides and fertilizers. The government should do crop insurance itself.
  • A National Commission should be constituted for chilli, turmeric and other spices.
  • Looting of tribal lands should be stopped by implementing the 5th Schedule of the Constitution.
What is Land Acquisition Act 2013?

The Land Acquisition Act 2013 is a law passed by the Indian Parliament that regulates the field of land acquisition and commercial development. This Act came into effect on 1 January 2014. Its main objective is to ensure acquisition, utilization and development of land so that social and economic benefits can accrue to the people.

According to this Act, State Governments are required to take regular action regarding the purpose or use for which land is acquired. Under this, officials are responsible for following the rules and standards related to the acquisition of land. This Act seeks to make the process of land acquisition more clear and relatable so that just decisions can be taken in the interest of the individual and the community.

The Act contains several aspects related to the acquisition of land which prescribe the protection of land ownership, injustice, and the process of judicial struggle against the acquisition of land. Furthermore, the Act details in detail the protection of people's rights, the procedure for obtaining permission to acquire land, and the methods of resolution of disputes relating to the acquisition of land.

What is the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020?

The "Electricity Amendment Bill 2020" is a law passed by the Indian Parliament that aims to reform and transform the Indian electricity sector. This bill was passed in 2020 and is one of the major amendments at that time. Its main objective is to reform, transform, and strengthen the Indian power sector.

Several important changes have been made through this Bill, such as power finance and cognizance of power providers, investment in power generation, performance review and evaluation, and various measures to promote affordability of power providers. Additionally, the bill also encourages investment in local generation, renewables, energy storage, and power sector energy providers.

The bill also talks about promoting privatization of electricity in the power sector, with the aim of attracting private investment in the sector and increasing its affordability. Additionally, the Bill promotes transparency and fairness in the generation, sale, and service delivery of electricity.

The Bill takes care of providing safe, clean, and affordable energy to the people through reforms in the power sector to meet their various needs.