On Sunday, farmers’ organizations camped at various borders of Delhi were invited for talks. The government urged the farmers’ organizations to set a date of their convenience.
New Delhi| Farmers’ protests against the new farm laws continues. Protesting farmers, who have been on the Delhi border for 4 weeks, are not ready to retreat. Meanwhile, farmers have also announced a one-day hunger strike. On the other hand, the government has sent an invitation to the farmers to resume the talks. It has also said that the farmers should fix the date according to their convenience.
One day hunger strike of farmers today
The farmers on Sunday announced that thy will observe one-day hunger strike on Monday. Along with this, they said they will also free the toll collection on highways in Haryana from December 25 to 27. On December 23, Farmers Union leader Rakesh Tikait, appealed to the people to observe a day-long fast on December 23. Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said at a press conference on the Singhu border, “On Monday, farmers will go on a day-long hunger strike at all the demonstration sites. It will be started by a team of 11 members at the protest sites here.”
Farmer leader Jagjit Singh Dallewala said that farmers will not allow toll collection on all highways in Haryana from December 25 to 27. Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait was also present at the press conference. Tikait said that farmers opposing the new agricultural laws will celebrate Farmers Day on 23 December. He said, ‘We request people not to cook lunch on this day’.
Government sends invitation for talks
On Sunday, farmers’ organizations camped at various borders of the capital Delhi were invited for talks. The government urged the farmers’ organizations to set a date of their convenience for talks. Vivek Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, has written a letter to farmers’ organizations in this context.
Farmers have been living on the borders of Delhi for the last 4 weeks
Significantly, thousands of farmers have been demonstrating on the various borders of Delhi for the last four weeks in the harsh winter and are demanding the repeal of new agricultural laws. Most of these farmers are from Punjab and Haryana. The central government is introducing three new agricultural laws passed in September as major reforms in the agricultural sector, while the farmers who are protesting have expressed fears that the new laws will end the MSP (minimum support price) and mandi system and they will be dependent on the big corporates.