Farmers reject government proposal, calls for nation-wide protest

New Delhi: The agitating farmers have rejected outright government’s proposals for amendments in the three farm laws and announced intensification of their agitation with blocking of Delhi-Agra and Delhi-Jaipur highways on December 12 and nationwide protests on December 14.

The striking farmers announced they would capture toll plazas on December 12 and on December 14 launch ‘full-scale protests’ across the country. They said they would gherao all BJP offices throughout the country on December 14.

The announcement by the striking farmers came after their discussions on the proposals for amendments sent earlier by the government. Rejecting the government proposals they said nothing less than total repeal of the laws would be acceptable to them.In a related development, opposition leaders including Mr Rahul Gandhi, Mr Sharad Pawar, Mr Sitaram Yechuri and Mr D Raja met President Ram Nath Kovind and urged him to intervene demanding that the government relent and repeal the three farm laws which the farmers have been demanding.

The amendments promised by the government in their written proposals sent to striking farmers for consideration included retaining of the Minimum support Price (MSP) and the mandi system, allowing farmers to go to higher courts in case of disputes instead of Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) and scrapping of the Electricity Amendment bill.Opposition leaders told reporters after their meeting with the President that the government should accept the demand of the farmers and repeal all the three farm laws.Mr Sitaram Yechuri said they had given a memorandum to the President and asked for repeal of the threelaws and the electricity amendment bill which were passed in an ‘anti-democratic’ manner without proper discussions and consultations.Mr Rahul Gandhi said they had informed the President that it was ‘absolutely critical’ that these anti-farmer laws were taken back.Mr Sharad Pawar said there was a request from all opposition parties for in-depth discussions on farm bills and that these should be sent to Select Committee. But unfortunately no suggestion was accepted and the bills were passed in a hurry.He said the farmers were on the streets in this cold weather protesting peacefully, expressing their unhappiness. It was the government’s duty to resolve the issue

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