Punjab Farmers reject Centre’s proposition to discuss the recent agricultural bills

Punjab Farmers reject Centre’s proposition to discuss the recent agricultural bills

The farmers rejected the government’s invitation to discuss the recent bills. Language of the letter sent to us indicated that the meeting was not for any conversation or discussion on the farm laws. It shows the non-serious approach of the government, said one of the coaltion’s secretary.

On Wednesday 7th October, Farmers and their coalitions in Punjab collectively rejected the Central government’s invitation for a meeting organised on October 8th reportedly, “to address the concerns” circulating around the three recent agricultural bills.

The Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, government of India, had written to the leaders of different farmer coalitions. The government had invited all of them for in New Delhi for a meeting on October 8, to address their concerns about the bills.

As many as 30 farmer groups held a meeting in Punjab. In the meeting it was unanimously decided that they wouldn’t agree to participate in the Centre’s proposition to discuss the bills since the Centre seemed “non serious” towards the rising farmers’ concerns.

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Jagmohan Singh, the general secretary of the Bhartaiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) expressed: “We have rejected the invitation extended by Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal to several members of different outfits for the conference. The language of the letter sent to us indicated that the meeting was not for any conversation or discussion on the farm laws. But it seems a call from the Agriculture Secretary to explain the benefits of these laws to the farmers. It shows the non-serious approach of the government.” he further added.

Singh said the farmers had also decided to continue with their ‘rail-roko’ movement across Punjab. To further add to their decision he said: “It was also decided that if the Punjab government did not convene an Assembly session by October 15 to repeal the agriculture sector laws, we will start boycotting Congress leaders in the same way as the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) leaders are being boycotted.” (Source: TheHindu)

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