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Farmers' Protest Updates: Seventh round of negotiations end without headway, next meeting on 8 January

Farmers' Protest Updates: Farmer leaders said the government said it needs to consult internally and thereafter it would come back to the unions. They also said that farmers will have their own meeting on Tuesday to decide their next course of action

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Farmers' Protest Updates: Seventh round of negotiations end without headway, next meeting on 8 January

A day ahead of the resumption of talks, the farmers had to face heavy and continuous rainfall on Sunday morning in Delhi. AP

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Farmers' Protest LATEST Updates

Farmers unions reiterate demand for repeal of farm laws

Leaders of farmers unions on Monday reiterated that nothing less than the repeal of Central farm laws will be acceptable to them, reports The Hindustan Times.

Ahead of the seventh-round of talks with the Central government over the issue, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson, Rakesh Tikait said, “Many issues are to be discussed today. The government must understand, the farmer has taken this movement to his heart and won’t consider less than the repeal of these laws. The government should implement Swaminathan’s report and make law on MSP.”

12:46 (ist)

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Reliance Industries has no plans to enter contract farming, says company

Following the vandalisation of several mobile towers of Reliance Industries' Subsidiary Jio Infocomm, RIL and Jio have filed a petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday, seeking to stop acts of vandalism. RIL released the following media statement on Monday:

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), through its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL), in a petition mentioned to be filed in the Honourable Punjab and Haryana High Court today, has sought the urgent intervention of Government authorities to bring a complete stop to the illegal acts of vandalism by miscreants. These acts of violence have endangered the lives of thousands of its employees and caused damage and disruption to the vital communications infrastructure, sales and service outlets run by its subsidiaries in the two states.

The miscreants indulging in vandalism have been instigated and aided by vested interests and our business rivals. Taking advantage of the ongoing farmers’ agitation near the national capital, these vested interests have launched an incessant, malicious and motivated.

The falsehood of the campaign becomes crystal clear from the following irrefutable facts, which we have placed before the Honourable High Court. These facts establish that Reliance has nothing whatsoever to do with the three farm laws currently debated in the country, and in no way benefits from them. As such, the sole nefarious purpose of linking the name of Reliance to these laws is to harm our businesses and damage our reputation.

Read company's full statement here

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Jan 04, 2021 - 20:24 (IST)

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'Taali dono haath se bajti hai': Narendra Singh Tomar

“Today's talks took place in a cordial atmosphere, but unions stuck on one point. Hopeful of solution during the next meeting,” Narendra Singh Tomar said dismissing allegations that the protesting farmers did not trust the Centre.

"Taali dono haath se bajti hai" (both hands are required to clap), Tomar said adding that both sides need to make efforts to find a solution to overcome the deadlock.

Jan 04, 2021 - 19:20 (IST)

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Centre's 'ego problem' coming in way of resolving issue, allege farm unions

Farmer leaders, on Monday, alleged that it was the government's "ego problem" that was coming in the way of resolving the issues and they insisted they would not relent on their key demands for the repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee for the MSP (minimum support price) system for procurement of their crops.

From the very beginning of the meeting, union leaders kept on insisting on the repeal of the three contentious farm laws and the two sides took a long break after just about one hour of discussions.

Jan 04, 2021 - 19:08 (IST)

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Talks remained inconclusive: Narendra Singh Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that no decision could be reached in Monday’s meeting, reports PTI. “Talks remained inconclusive as Union leaders remained stuck on their demand for repeal of three laws,” he adds. “Government wants unions to raise specific issues in three farm laws on which they have problems. Both sides need to make efforts to find solution. Hopeful of solution in January 8 meeting.”

Jan 04, 2021 - 18:37 (IST)

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Today's talks did not include MSP legal guarantee; farmers to meet tomorrow

The union leaders said that they will have their own meeting on Tuesday to decide their next course of action. In Monday's talks, the two sides did not even discuss another key demand of farmers for a legal guarantee to the Minimum Support Price (MSP) procurement system.

Jan 04, 2021 - 18:18 (IST)

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7th round of meeting between farmers and Centre remains inconclusive

The seventh round of talks between protesting unions and three central ministers ended inconclusively on Monday as the farmer leaders insisted on the repeal of the three contentious farm laws right from the beginning, even as the government listed various benefits from the Acts. The next meeting will take place on 8 January, farmer leaders said.

Farmer leaders said the government said it needs to consult internally and thereafter it would come back to the unions.

The union leaders will also have their own meeting on Tuesday to decide their next course of action.

In Monday's talks, the two sides did not even discuss another key demand of farmers for a legal guarantee to the Minimum Support Price (MSP) procurement system.

Jan 04, 2021 - 18:07 (IST)

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LED screens put up at Singhu border to reach out to protesters

As more people join their agitation, farmers protesting against the three farm laws at Delhi's Singhu border have installed giant LED screens and speakers to reach out to many protesters as possible, reports PTI.

As their agitation entered the 37th day, the teams managing of the farm unions have also quipped themselves with walki-talkies to get in touch with each other and send out messages.

From LED screens to blasting loudspeakers, the ongoing farmers' protest at the Singhu border has gone hi-tech to optimise accessibility for protestors.

With the number of protestors increasing, the management team of the Sanyukta Kisan Morcha realised that only a limited number of protestors could hear and see the leaders and hear their speeches.

To resolve this issue, two 8X10 feet LED screens were installed near the stage, and speakers have been put up every few kilometres throughout the at least 10-km long stretch.

Jan 04, 2021 - 17:46 (IST)

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Deadlock persists as farmers, Centre stick to their stands in seventh meeting

A stalemate continued on Monday between the government and a representative group of thousands of protesting farmers, as the unions stuck to their demand for the repeal of three farm laws right from the beginning of the meeting even as the ministers listed various benefits of the Acts, PTI reports.

The two sides took a lunch break after just about one hour of talks, sources said, during which the three central ministers went into a huddle to discuss the way forward while the union leaders had the langar food arranged by them, as they have been doing for the last few times.

However, unlike the last round of talks on 30 December, the ministers did not join the union leaders for the langar food and were seen having their own discussion in a separate room during the break.

Jan 04, 2021 - 17:27 (IST)

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No alternative, govt has to repeal laws if it wants protesters to go home: BKU leader

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, who is participating in the meeting, told PTI over the phone during the break that the first hour of discussion remained focussed on the three laws. "Our demand is the repeal of the laws. We will not agree to any alternatives such as the setting of the committee," he said.

Asked if there could be a concrete outcome from the meeting, Tikait said, "I don't think so. They have to take back the laws for us to end the protest and go back to our homes."

Jan 04, 2021 - 17:09 (IST)

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Deadlock continues as Centre remains firm on not repealing legislation

The seventh round of talks between protesting unions and three central ministers got underway here on Monday afternoon to resolve an over-a-month-long impasse over farmers' agitation against three farm laws, but representatives of farmer groups stuck to their demand for the repeal of the Acts.

As the two sides took a lunch break after about one hour of talks, sources told PTI the government remained firm on not repealing the laws and is believed to have suggested a panel to take the matter forward.

The stand-off also continued on farmers' another key demand for a legal guarantee to Minimum Support Price (MSP) procurement system.

Jan 04, 2021 - 16:43 (IST)

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Those sitting under tents in winter rains 'farmers not strangers': Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that those sitting under the dripping tents in the winter rains "are our own fearless farmers and not strangers". There is nothing more left to be seen as far as the government's "brutality" on farmers is concerned, he alleged, as he shared some pictures of agitating farmers braving the winter chill while protesting at Delhi's borders.

Farmers' Protest LATEST Updates:  The seventh round of talks between protesting unions and three central ministers ended inconclusively on Monday as the farmer leaders insisted on the repeal of the three contentious farm laws right from the beginning, even as the government listed various benefits from the Acts. The next meeting will take place on 8 January, farmer leaders said.

A stalemate continued on Monday between the government and a representative group of thousands of protesting farmers, as the unions stuck to their demand for the repeal of three farm laws right from the beginning of the meeting even as the ministers listed various benefits of the Acts.

As the two sides took a lunch break after about one hour of talks, sources told PTI that the Centre is not willing to repeal laws and has suggested the formation of a panel to take the matter forward

The seventh round of talks between protesting farmer unions and three central ministers got underway here on Monday afternoon to break the over-a-month-long deadlock on recent farm laws. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, are holding the talks with the representatives of 40 farmer unions at the Vigyan Bhawan. 

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he is hopeful for a “positive solution” to come out of Monday’s meeting. “We will discuss all issues in the meeting,”

Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Kailash Choudhary on Monday said that a positive solution will emerge from the seventh round of talks between the Centre and the farmers.

The seventh round of talks between the Centre and the farmers will be held today to discuss two key issues – the repeal of the three farm laws and giving legal status to the MSP guarantee.

A day before the crucial seventh round of talks between the Centre and protesting farmer unions, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar met Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday and discussed the government strategy to resolve the current crisis at the earliest, sources said.

Tomar discussed with Singh "all possible options" to find a "middle path" to resolve the crisis, sources added.

Singh, who served as agriculture minister in the erstwhile Atal Bihari Vajpayee cabinet, has emerged as a key troubleshooter and is working mostly behind the scenes on this issue.

Protesting farmers who have been camping at Delhi borders for the last 39 days braving the bone-chilling cold and now rains have threatened to intensify their protest if their two major demands -- repeal of the three new farm laws and legal backing for the minimum support price (MSP) -- are not accepted by the government in the January 4 meeting.

Rains since Saturday night led to waterlogging at the agitation venues, but the unions asserted that "we will not move from here until our demands are met".

After five rounds of inconclusive talks, the government and 40 farmer unions reached some common ground during the sixth round of negotiations on December 30 to resolve protesting farmers'' concerns over rise in power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but the two sides remained deadlocked over the main contentious issues of the repeal of the three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP.

On January 1, Tomar had told PTI that the government is hopeful of a "positive outcome" at its next meeting with farmers'' unions on January 4 but refrained from predicting whether the seventh round of talks will be the last one.

Asked whether he expects the January 4 meeting to be the last one, the minister said, "I cannot say for sure now. I am not an astrologer. I am hopeful that whatever decision would be arrived at (in the meeting) will be in the interest of the country and of the farmers."

Last week, protesting farmer unions issued an "ultimatum" that they will march into Delhi with a "tractor parade" on Republic Day if their demands are not met in the next round of talks.

"The farmers' movement delivered an ultimatum to the Government of India and announced that farmers will march into Delhi on 26 January," Sankyukta Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of around 40 protesting unions, had said in a statement.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting at various borders of the national capital for more than a month demanding repeal of the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

Enacted in September 2020, the government has presented these laws as major farm reforms and aimed at increasing farmers'' income, but protesting farmers have raised concerns that these legislations would weaken the MSP and mandi systems and leave them at the mercy of big corporates.

The government has maintained these apprehensions are misplaced and has ruled out repealing the laws.

While several opposition parties and people from other walks of life have come out in support of the farmers, some farmer groups have also met Agriculture Minister Tomar over the last few weeks to extend their support for the three laws.

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