The center has invited the agitating farmers for a fresh round of dialogue on Tuesday where Union Home Minister Amit Shah will also be in attendance. The farmers had assembled at Singhu on the Haryana-Delhi border to arrive at a consensus on various issues before the meeting. They have decided to take a uniform decision.
“The Centre has had two meetings with you (farm bodies) to resolve problems of the farmers. In the same chronology, we invite you for a meeting with a high-level ministers’ group at 3pm on December 1,” read the latest invite by agriculture secretary Sanjay Agarwal.
The farm leaders want to bring farmers of the entire country under the umbrella and not just those from Punjab. They have decided to ask the cabinet ministers to include the farmer unions of the entire nation. They called for a decision that will bind the farmers of the whole of India, not a particular state.
Responding to the invite, Bharti Kisan Union (Dakounda) general secretary Jagmohan Singh said the farm organizations are ready to attend the meeting and seek a common decision for farmers of the entire country.
A Punjab-specific package or offer is not acceptable,” he said.
As of now, the farmers primarily from Punjab are leading this agitation, blocking the entry points to Delhi since the last few days. The farmer organizations are protesting the new farm laws passed in the Parliament. They have descended on the borders of Delhi since November 27, seeking a repeal of the laws that they claim are not in farmers’ interest.
The Centre, however, says the new laws will lead to reforms in the agriculture sector.