Farm Unions give final words to Govt on 3 Bills

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We have consistently demanded the repeal of the three Central Farm Acts, whereas the government has distorted our position as if we were asking for amendments to these Acts.

Team Haryana First

To: Date: 26th Dec. 2020

Shri Vivek Aggarwal,
Joint Secretary,
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare,
Government of India.

Subject: Re Ongoing negotiations between farmers’ organisations and Govt of India to repeal the three Central Farm Acts

Dear Shri Aggarwal,

This is in response to your letter (09/2020) dated 24th December 2020.

Unfortunately, your letter continues the governments’ attempt to mislead the public by suppressing true facts about the deliberations in the previous meetings. We have consistently demanded the repeal of the three Central Farm Acts, whereas the government has distorted our position as if we were asking for amendments to these Acts. If you are sincere about respectfully listening to the farmers, as you say in your letter, the government must not indulge in misinformation about the previous meetings. The campaign launched by the entire state machinery to defame and malign the farmers’ movement must stop forthwith.

Be as it may, since you are willing to hold a meeting on date, time and issues of our choosing, we make the following proposal on behalf of Samyukt Kisan Morch after due consultation with all organisations. We propose that the next meeting between the farmers’ representatives and the Government of India be held on 29th December 2020 at 11am, with the following agenda, as per the sequence mentioned below:

  1. Modalities to be adopted for the repeal of the three Central Farm Acts;
  2. Mechanisms to be adopted to make remunerative MSP recommended by the National Farmers’ Commission into a legally guaranteed entitlement for all farmers and all agricultural commodities;
  3. Amendments to be made and notified in the “Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020” to exclude farmers from the penal provisions of the Ordinance;
  4. Changes to be made in the draft Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 to protect the interests of farmers.

This is to reiterate that farmers’ organisations are and have always been open to a sincere dialogue.

Sincerely,

(Leaders of 40 farmers organisations)
For
Samyukt Kisan Morcha

EOM.


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