Farmers reject Centre's proposal, protest to continue
Protesting farmers on Wednesday opposed the changes proposed by the Central Government and have sought a complete rollback of the laws.
This came after the government agreed to the demands of the farmers, by giving a nod to the main issues posed by them. This included the amendments to the three farm laws, which were the first and the biggest issue in the ongoing protest by the farmers.
The Government conveyed its stance to the farmers via a written proposal in which it agreed to two major amendments concerning the minimum support price (MSP) and the Agricultural Products Market Committee (APMC) but rejected their request to revoke the three farm legislation.
One of the farmer leaders, Kulwant Singh Sandhu, said, "We have rejected the proposal given by the Central government. There was no opposition from anyone. Our future course of action is that we will close all the borders in 1-2 days."
According to the proposal, a provision will be made for the registration of private traders engaged in trade. On scrapping of farm laws, the government has indicated that it is prepared to consider the provisions of the legislation on which the farmers have raised objections.
Concerning the registration of traders, the government had given assurances that it would lay down new rules under which state governments would be allowed to come up with new rules on the welfare of farmers.
On the demand of the farmers to take back the law on the burning of stubble, the government said that it would come up with a proper agreement on the matter.
The proposal was sent to the farmers after their meeting with the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, on Tuesday night, which remained inconclusive. Five rounds of government-farmer talks have been held so far, but they have been inconclusive because both sides have remained adamant on their issues.