“We have decided to postpone our agitation against the new agrarian reform laws for a month at this moment.” Pawan Thakur, group leader of the Indian Farmers Union group, told NDTV after an hour-long meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar amid protests by thousands of farmers and hundreds of farmers’ unions on the Delhi border. After the meeting, the Agriculture Minister said that the farmers’ leaders were a little confused about the new laws.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said farmers were spreading confusion about the new laws in many places. There was confusion in the minds of these people too. When I put this topic, he said that we are fully supporting the bills here too and now we will tell the farmers about the bills. No one needs to be misled.
In Uttar Pradesh, protests and agitations against the new agricultural laws took place in 10 to 12 districts of the Indian Farmers’ Association group. In the last one week, the agriculture minister has held more than five meetings with farmers’ organizations supporting the new agrarian reform law. However, at a meeting on Tuesday, leaders of the Indian Farmers Union group demanded some reforms in the law to enact new agricultural reforms and new MSP laws in the country.
Pawan Thakur told NDTV that we have given a statement to the Agriculture Minister in which we have made demands. We have demanded a new law on MSP. We have given a month to the government.
Meanwhile, thousands of farmers on the Delhi border are protesting against the repeal of all the three new laws. On Tuesday, Assocham called on the government and farmers’ organizations to end the stalemate. He said that the protests and the sealing of farmers’ borders were having a detrimental effect on industries in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh and causing an economic loss of about Rs 3,500 crore every day.