Reaffirming the government’s commitment to protect the welfare of farmers, the Union Minister said, “We care about the interests of the farmers. We don’t care if anyone does politics on this issue. We are always ready for those dialogue and discussion and we are ready to do everything to find a solution to this issue.”
“This issue also concerns the state governments. We need time to understand this issue and find a way to resolve it,” he added.
Munda emphasized the importance of consultation and collaboration among states to develop a practical solution.
“There will be a need for consultation. We need to discuss it with the states. We need to prepare a forum for discussions and find a solution,” the Union Minister said.
“The Govt of India is bound to protect the interests of the farmers while ensuring that no inconvenience is caused to the public. The farmers’ union needs to understand this so that the interests of the farmers are protected,” he added.” in Chandigarh by twice and talked to the farmers’ organizations and while talking to the farmers’ organizations, I said that we are doing everything possible to ask the Government of India and it has been delivered to them. We have twice met before and we had a completely positive discussion. It was taken in the right way,” he added. On Congress and other parties supporting farmers, Arjun Munda said, “I will not say anything on this subject because we are more concerned with the interests of farmers. Whoever is doing politics, what is he doing and what what isn’t he doing here? We don’t need to go in there.”
On the farmers who said the government’s proposal was not up to the mark, Munda said, “We have gone for talks, we will find a solution through talks, after all that is why we came to Chandigarh , we ourselves went there, Piyush Goyal ji, Nityanand Rai ji, our officers and it can be resolved only through talks.”
Arjun Munda was among the group of ministers who held talks with the farmer leaders which also included Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal, MoS Nityanand Rai and Punjab Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal.
Earlier on Monday, a recent meeting between farmers’ union leaders and the government ended in a stalemate with no visible common ground.
Earlier in the day, Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee General Secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher said that all efforts were made in the meeting to find a solution to avoid a confrontation with the government and added that they expected a positive result.
The farmers put 12 demands to the central government during which they marched to Delhi.
The protest this time was called by Sanyukt Kisan Morcha and Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee led by farmers’ union leaders Jagjeet Singh Dallewal and Sarwan Singh Pandher.
According to the protesting farmers, the center has promised them better crop prices after they end the protest in 2021.
They demand that a law be enacted guaranteeing a minimum support price (MSP) for all crops, as recommended by the Swaminathan Commission report.
They are also demanding a complete debt waiver and a scheme to provide pensions to farmers and farm workers.
The farmers also called for the repeal of the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 and demanded the reintroduction of the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, which ensures consent from farmers and compensation at 4 times the collector’s rate.
Further, they demanded that those involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri killings be punished.
An appeal to provide 200 working days per year and a daily wage of Rs 700 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA) linking it to farming was also made by farmer
Also, a demand to provide compensation to the families of farmers who died during the protests in 2021 and a job for any family member was put in place.
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