Amit Shah meets farmers; Centre to get a hold of concrete proposals the next day to come



The central government has assured the agitating farmers that it is going to incorporate the issues raised by them and get a hold of concrete proposals to amend the three farm Acts on Wednesday.

Addressing a group of reporters after agitating farmers’ assembly with Home Minister Amit Shah, Hannah Mollah, the general secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha, said the central government had said it would get a hold of a set of amendments to the contentious farm laws for farmer groups to believe. After that, another round of discussions would be held. “So far as my information is concerned, the sixth round of assembly scheduled for the next day to come stands cancelled now, as we can not wait for the Centre’s proposals,” Mollah told reporters.

Earlier, Shah held a assembly with agitating farmers to break the impasse over the three farm laws, on a day when the growers called for a nationwide strike, which was once supported by political parties. News agency PTI reported quoting unnamed sources that 13 farmer leaders – eight from Punjab and five from quite a lot of nationwide organizations – were called for the assembly, which began after 8 pm.

Sources said the participating leaders included Mollah and Rakesh Tikait of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU). Some farmer leaders said they first expected the assembly to take place at Shah’s residence, but the venue was once shifted to the Pusa area.

The assembly assumes significance as farmer leaders have been firm on their demand for a repeal of the three new farm laws enacted in September which they claimed would receive advantages corporate players, but even so ending the mandi system and the minimum improve price (MSP) regime.

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“We can demand just a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ from Shah,” farmer leader Rudru Singh Mansa told reporters earlier in the day at the Singhu border, where thousands of farmers have been protesting for the past 12 days. A ‘Bharat Bandh’ observed by farmers to press their demands affected life in some states on Tuesday.

The central government had earlier indicated that it was once willing to believe changes in some provisions of the three Acts which could include having the option of approaching the civil courts in case of a dispute in contract Act and business Act and a few sort of level playing field in relation to taxes for sale done outside and inside the mandis.

Alternatively, sources said the tax proposals could move forward only whether states agreed to cause down their levies on business inside mandis to fair levels as APMCs fell inside their domain. The government, according to a few, again assured the farmers that MSP would be maintained, but incorporating it in the Acts was once clearly out of the question.

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