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Farmer Leaders Reject Centre’s Proposal, Continue ‘Delhi Chalo’ Agitation

Farmer leaders involved in the ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation have rejected the Indian government’s proposal to procure pulses, maize, and cotton at minimum support prices (MSP) for five years. They have announced their intention to march towards the national capital on Wednesday, emphasizing that the proposal does not address their demands for MSP based on the ‘C-2 plus 50 per cent’ formula recommended by the Swaminathan Commission report.

The rejection came after discussions within farmer forums, with leaders asserting that the proposal is not in the interest of farmers. They highlighted concerns about the limited scope of the proposal, which focuses on diversification rather than providing MSP for all crops. Additionally, farmer representatives expressed skepticism about the government’s calculations regarding the financial burden of implementing MSP guarantees.

Emphasizing their commitment to peaceful protest, the farmer leaders reiterated their demand for MSP on all 23 crops and criticized the government’s failure to address their longstanding grievances. They called for solidarity among farmers and extended an open invitation to join the agitation.

The rejection of the proposal underscores the ongoing impasse between the government and farmers regarding agricultural reforms. Despite assurances from Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, farmer leaders expressed frustration over the lack of progress in resolving issues related to barricades and security measures along state borders.

Amid concerns about internet shutdowns affecting students and allegations of excessive force by security personnel, farmer leaders reiterated their commitment to non-violent protest. They urged the government to engage in meaningful dialogue and address their demands promptly to avoid further escalation of tensions.

The ‘Delhi Chalo’ agitation, initiated to press for various demands including MSP guarantees, pension for farmers, and justice for victims of past violence, continues to draw attention to the challenges facing India’s agricultural sector. As farmer leaders stand firm in their demands, the path forward remains uncertain, with implications for both farmers’ livelihoods and the government’s handling of agrarian reforms.

 

 

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