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Farmers Continue Delhi March After Failed Negotiations

In a significant development, farmers have declared their intent to proceed with their march towards Delhi on February 21st, following unsuccessful negotiations with the government. The march, known as ‘Delhi Chalo,’ is a protest against the government’s refusal to meet their demands, including the procurement of pulses, maize, and cotton at Minimum Support Prices (MSP).

Sarwan Singh Pandher, a prominent farmer leader, expressed his concerns on Tuesday, stating that the government’s refusal to allow them entry into Delhi underscores its reluctance to address their grievances. The farmers’ rejection of the government’s latest proposal highlights their determination to seek more than just temporary solutions. They demand the implementation of recommendations from the Swaminathan Commission report, advocating for MSP on all crops to ensure fair compensation.

The situation has escalated with reports of police using tear gas against the farmers in Haryana, drawing comparisons to the tensions in Kashmir by Pandher. He emphasised the peaceful nature of their march and called for accountability for any force used against them.

The farmers’ demands extend beyond MSP to include pensions, debt waivers, and changes to land acquisition laws, reflecting broader agricultural reforms. The government’s stance, citing fiscal constraints, has not swayed the farmers, who are prepared to continue their protest to secure their rights and livelihoods.

As the march resumes, the nation watches closely, understanding that the outcome of these protests could have significant implications for India’s agricultural policies and the well-being of its farming community.

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Former Punjab Chief Minister and BJP member Amarinder Singh recently revealed that he had discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about various farmer-related concerns. Singh mentioned, “Engaged in an extensive conversation with Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji about a range of topics pertinent to Punjab, especially issues affecting the farmers.” This dialogue took place against the backdrop of ongoing demonstrations by farmers, mainly from Punjab, who have dismissed the government’s offer to buy pulses, maize, and cotton at Minimum Support Prices (MSP) through state agencies for five years. The protesting farmers have maintained their call for a statutory guarantee of the MSP system, among other demands, as they continue their journey towards the national capital.

Monika Shanmugam