40th day of the protests, government and farm leaders meet
Two minutes silence for the farmers was observed who died during the protestsAuthor : Gopal Aggarwal
Today marks an important day for the farmers who are protesting against the three farm laws. The 8th round of talks between the central government and the farmer leaders is on. Two minutes silence was observed in respect for the farmers who died during the farmer protests.
From the central government, Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal, and Som Prakash were present.
The central government arranged meal for the farmers, who chose to disregard the courtesy and instead ate their langar, which they then sent for the central government ministers. The farmer leaders also indicated their faith in a humane handling by the government.
It is pertinent to note that to show support to the farmer protests, property of Reliance including mobile towers and power generators were vandalized, allegedly by farmers. To these unwarranted acts of violence, Reliance company has sought help from the Punjab and Haryana High Court while clarifying their zero ambitions to buy land from any farmer or engage in corporate or contract farming.
However, the farmers were able to get their two demands from the last meeting of December 30 agreed to. The first of these is full freedom to burn paddy stubble at will with no answerability. Consequently, the deterrent provisions of Rs one crore fine and five years of imprisonment will be done away with. The second thing the farmers got from the central government is the cancellation of any change in Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020 for the fear of having to pay electricity bills.
The farmers intend to get the government to repeal the three laws and have laws on minimum support price as per their liking.