Farmers demand special session of Parliament

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One week after Farmers began protests on the borders of Delhi, farmers’ groups have demanded that the Centre call a special session of Parliament to repeal the three new agriculture reform laws.

Demand non-negotiable

  • Farmers’ demand is non-negotiable. We want the three laws repealed immediately.
  • They were not willing to get bogged down in a clause-by-clause discussion as their demand was full repeal.
  • The Centre is only willing to consider more limited revisions of the laws.
  • While providing a legal safeguard for minimum support prices or writing it into the law is not something that the government wants to do, adequate safeguards within the Agricultural Produce Market Committee structure could be considered.
  • Even though there have been complaints from farmers themselves that there have been cases of exploitation within the APMC structure, further safeguards can be added as per what the farmers want.
  • The second demand that could be looked into is the grievance redress mechanism under the new laws which makes the district administration very powerful, said the source.
  • The protesters are widening their scope and their allies. The All-India Motor Transport Congress, the apex truckers’ body, will go on a strike in north India from December 8 in support of the farmers’ agitation.
  • The Centre has been trying to divide the farmers’ movement by negotiating separately with different groups. 
  • This is not only a struggle of the Punjab farmers any more. We are a national movement jointly fighting under the Samyukt Kisan Morcha banner.
  • Asserting that large corporates will benefit from the new laws at the expense of farmers, protest leaders called for burning the effigies of industrialists Mukesh Ambani and Gautam Adani on December 5 in every village, along with the effigies of the Prime Minister.
  • The protesters are widening their scope and their allies. The All-India Motor Transport Congress, the apex truckers’ body, will go on a strike in north India from December 8 in support of the farmers’ agitation, said its president Kultaran Singh Atwal.
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