NEW DELHI: A day after sending a proposal for talks to the government, agitating farmers’ unions on Sunday gave a call for a nationwide protest on new year’s day urging the public to take a pledge to support the farmers’ struggle and demand repeal of the three central farm laws.
The protesting farmers’ umbrella body, AIKSC ,has also planned protest rallies in Patna and Thanjavur on DECEMBER 29,and in Manipur and Hyderabad on December 30.
Waiting for govt response to our talks offer: Kisan leader
We have not yet got any communication from the government.We have already told the agriculture ministry whatever we have to say in our letter on Saturday. We are waiting for the response Darshan Pal, farmer leader and Punjab president of Krantikari Kisan Union, told TOI He said all our protest programmes will continue as schedule.
The group of 40 farmers’ unions on Saturday jointly proposed December 29 as a date for talks provided the agenda for discussion includes four specific points, including modalities to repeal the three farm laws and mechanism to ensure legal guarantee for higher minimum support price (MSP).
The unions have also demanded keeping farmers outside the ambit of penalty provisions on stubble burning in the new ordinance on air quality management in Delhi-NCR and certain changes in the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill to protect the interests of farmers.
Meanwhile, more farmers from Maharashtra joined the ongoing protests at the Haryana-Rajasthan border. The AIKSCC claimed that the protesting farmers at several places across the country on Sunday banged utensils to mark their protest while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was delivering his monthly radio address, ‘Mann Ki Baat’.