No breakthrough in farmers-govt talks | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, December 02, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:51 AM, December 02, 2020

Protests in India over farm laws

No breakthrough in farmers-govt talks

The Indian government yesterday offered to set up a committee to look into issues raised by farmers protesting against new farm laws, but it was rejected by representatives of 35 agitating organisations during their marathon meeting with three union ministers that ended without any resolution. 

The meeting remained inconclusive and the government has called for another round of discussions tomorrow.

Laws rushed through parliament earlier this year by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government mean growers are now free to legally sell their produce anywhere in India instead of getting guaranteed prices from state-run markets.

The protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the laws would leave them at the mercy of big corporates.

The plight of farmers is a major political issue in India with thousands committing suicide in recent years due to debt and increasingly erratic weather patterns blamed on climate change.

Farmers were met with tear gas and water cannon when they marched on New Delhi last week and are now facing-off against heavily-armed security forces at two major entry points to the city.

Many of the demonstrators come from northern Punjab state which is controlled by the Congress party, the main opposition to Modi's administration.

 

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