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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot urges Centre to initiate dialogue with farmer organisations ‘without delay’

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Referring to the farmers’ Delhi march against the agricultural laws of the Centre, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said on Thursday that the central government should communicate farmers without any delay. The Rajasthan CM hit out at the NDA government on Thursday and said the central government is “up in arms against its own people” instead of resolving the woes of the farmers.

The Chief Minister alleged that the NDA government’s anti-people Due to policies, many sections of society have come out in protest. The farmers are also agitating against the black agricultural laws of the central government. Instead of addressing their concerns, the central government stands against its own people said Gehlot.

Ashok Gehlot said, “NDA govt’s anti-people policies have led to various sections of society coming out to oppose. Farmers are protesting too against black farm laws. Instead of resolving their woes, the central govt is up in arms against its own people.”

Additionally, the Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot urged the central government considering the urgency of the situation, the Government of India should start a dialogue with the farmers without any delay.

Gehlot tweeted, “All the farmers’ organisations in the country are together at this time, therefore, considering the urgency of the situation, the Government of India should start a dialogue with those farmers without any delay.”

It is to be noted that last month Rajasthan government led by Ashok Gehlot on the lines of Punjab and Chhattisgarh had passed three amendment bills against the agricultural laws of the Centre.

The borders of Delhi have been fortified to stop farmers from entering the National capital. On one side there was the police and on the other side, hundreds of farmers gathered. Farmers and policemen clashed in many places on the borders of Ambala, Jind Karnal and Delhi. Farmers are still frozen in these areas and are adamant on going to Delhi. In many places, the peasant protests became so fierce that the farmers threw away the barricades of the police.

The BJP says that farmers are being instigated for such protests. BJP claims that some people are using farmers for their political interest. At the same time, Rakesh Singh Tikait, leader of the BharatiyaKisan Union, said that farmers of UP have also joined the farmers of Haryana-Punjab in the protest.

On the other hand, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “the farmers’ organization should be patient, Modi government is committed to increasing the income of farmers.”

“We are ready to openly talk to the farmers. We have called all the farmer organizations on the 3rd December and we have already held talks and are still ready for talks,” added Tomar.

It is to be noted that with the new agriculture laws passed by the centre the farmers fear that the MSP on the crops, ie the minimum support price, will end, while the government says that the MSP will continue in the new law.

The farmers also fear that due to the news laws government procurement of crops will stop. While the government has assured that government procurement will continue as before.

Farmers are afraid that the new law will abolish the agricultural produce mandis ie APMC … while the government favours that the mandis will continue to operate as before. Farmers also have a fear that their crops will not get the right price …. while the government says that farmers will be able to sell crops at the desired price.

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