By Ishank Katyal
New Delhi: Central Government on Tuesday has decided to invite the protesting farmers for a talk on Tuesday to know that how and why farmers are so much feared of this new farm law passed by the government in September 2020.
The farmers are protesting the new bill at Delhi- Haryana border in the fear that Government will stop buying the grain at guaranteed prices.
Sanjay Agrawal, the super senior civil servant at the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, sent a letter addressed to 32 farmer’s unions in which he urged them to step forward for a conversation with the government ministers and officials.
According to Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, the farmers were earlier invited by the government officials on Thursday but dure to cold weather and corona scare, they postponed it to Tuesday 1st December.
The protests took an intensive turn when the farmers from Punjab, Haryana, UP, Jharkhand and Bihar were marching towards Delhi in trucks, buses, and tractors blocking the northern highway of the capital.
Earlier, an group representing different farmer’s unions criticised the government for saying that they will initiate the talks with farmer’s union only if they stop their protests off the roads into a stadium site.
If the government is serious about listening to the demands of the protestors, it would stop laying down the conditions, they said.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused the calls of the protesting farmers saying that they are being misled and the new farm bill will benefit them.
India’s agricultural sector contributes 15% of the country’s $2.9 trillion economy and employs 50% of the total population of the country.