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Farmer leaders refuse Centre’s offer to put farm laws on hold, demand repeal

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The protesting farmers turned down Centre’s proposal to postpone the implementation of three contentious ‘anti-farmer’ laws passed by the government in September last year. Ten of thousand farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws; Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance, and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 for almost two months at Delhi’s borders demanding scrapping of these ‘anti-farmer’ laws.

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Meanwhile, the Centre on Wednesday had proposed the agitating farmers that they are ready to put a hold on the implementation of the farm laws for eighteen months and had asked farmers’ union representatives to reflect upon the proposal. This major U-turn by government came after it had vehemently opposed the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend the laws, however, agriculture minister Narendra Tomar’s remarks also reflected a thinking in Centre that the laws were in any case stayed by the top court and the opportunity could be used to seek a breakthrough in the deadlock.

The farmers’ union representatives are scheduled to meet the Centre again on January 22 to discuss the proposal but farm leaders have been consistently demanding a total rollback of these laws.

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