“So far just around 5 per cent of the demands made by the farmers have been discussed in the meetings with the government so far while the bigger issues are still pending,” the agitating unions said.
“We pledge that we will continue our struggle to protect farmers, farming and villages from corporate-hands and save country’s food security and self-reliance,” the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), one of the associations participating in the more than month long protest said in a statement.
The Committee also criticized the recent government decision to divert surplus foodgrains for making ethanol at a time when India has consistently slipped in the Hunger Index.
Thousands of farmers meanwhile, dug their heels at the protest venues outside several Delhi gateways, undeterred by the biting cold and firm in their resolve to not return home till their demands are met, as the New Year dawned with the minimum temperature dipping to 1.1 degrees Celsius.
After the sixth round of negotiations between three union ministers and a 41-member representative group of thousands of farmers protesting on Delhi borders, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had said at least 50 per cent resolution has been reached with mutual agreement on two out of four items on the agenda and discussions would continue on the remaining two on January 4.
Security remained tight at the national
capital's borders with hundreds of personnel deployed at Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri border points, where the farmers have been camping for more than a month now, braving the severe Delhi winter.
The city recorded a minimum temperature of 1.1 degrees Celsius on Friday, the lowest in 15 years for the month of January.
Enacted in September, the three farm laws have been projected by the central government as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove the middleman and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.
However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of MSP
and do away with the mandi system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.
The government has repeatedly asserted that the MSP
and mandi systems will stay and has accused the Opposition of misleading the farmers.
Meanwhile, more than 850 faculty members of various educational institutions across the country have come forward with a signature campaign in support of three contentious farm laws, against which thousands of farmers are protesting on borders of the national
capital for over a month.
In an open letter, these individuals have said they strongly believe in the government's assurance to farmers that their livelihood would be protected and the food would not be taken away from their plates.
What Farmers Plan To Do If Talks With Government Fail
Jan 2: Press Conference By Samyukta Kisan Morcha In Press Club
Jan 4: Next Round Of Talks
Jan 6: Tractor March On Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Highway; Farmers To Move From Shahjahanpur Towards Delhi
Jan 7-20: Desh Jagruti Abhiyan Fortnight(Nation Wide Actions- District Level Dharnas, Rallies, Press Conferences Etc.
Jan 18: Mahila Kisan Diwas
Jan 23: Subhash Chandra Bose Birth Anniversary - Kisan Chetna Diwas
Ongoing Actions Will Continue:
* Boycotting Of Adani-Ambani Products And Services Will Continue
* Nda allies asked to quit and leave partnership with BJP
* Toll Plazas Will Be Kept Toll-Free In Punjab And Haryana
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