Farmers’ groups to continue protest at Delhi border

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The farmers protesting at Singhur Delhi border on Saturday.

Farmers’ groups on Saturday said, they would not go to Delhi and have decided to continue their protests against the three farm bills at the Singhu border, even after they were allocated a place in the Capital’s Burari to hold their agitation.

The farmers’ groups have decided that they will continue our protest here and will not go anywhere else. “We will meet at 11am every day to discuss our strategy,” Harinder Singh, general secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, told ANI.

Farmers from Punjab and Haryana started their march towards Delhi on November 25, demanding the Centre to repeal the three farm bills, that were passed during the Parliament’s monsoon session.

They broke barricades and clashed with the police at the border on Friday and vowed to march towards Delhi. Meanwhile the Delhi Police on Friday allowed them to hold peaceful demonstrations at a ground in Burari.

“The Delhi police already has granted permission for conducting a peaceful protest. It is all set for facilitating protesters to proceed to Burari ground. We request protestors to behave responsibly,” Gaurav Sharma, Delhi Police’s deputy commissioner of Outer North District said.

Tomar urges farmers to halt agitations

Earlier, on Saturday, Union minister for agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar requested the farmers to halt their agitations. And, he urged them to discuss issues that they were facing with the Centre on December 3. He said the government was ready for talks with farmer unions to resolve their issues. “We have invited them for talks on December 3. I hope that they will come to the meeting. I urge political parties not to play politics in the name of farmers,” he said

Farmers’ groups across India have lashed out at the Centre for bringing in the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill; the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill. Farmers believe that these three bills will affect MSP procurement and allow multinational companies to earn huge profits.

The Centre continues to assure farmers that these bills will pave the way for increasing income of the farmers. And they will promote a level-playing field where farmers can sell their yields for higher prices. The government had assured them, on numerous occasions, that the system of MSP would not be affected.

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