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Narendra Singh Tomar urges farmers to end protest that entered 8th month

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Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has once again urged the farmer unions to end their protest against the Centre’s three farm laws. His appeal comes as farmers’ protests entered the eighth month during which they have been camping on the outskirts of Delhi.

Farmers have been protesting since November 26 against the three newly enacted 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.

What  Narendra Singh Tomar said

Narendra Singh Tomar tweeted, “I want to tell all the farmers union people that they should end their agitation. The government of India is also ready to discuss and redress any provision of law.” Notably, a panel chosen by the government and comprising of Tomar had earlier held 11 rounds of discussions with the farmers’ leaders, but in vain.

Farmers’ plan

The agitating farmers have decided to submit memorandums to governors across the country to mark the seventh-month completion of their protest. Bhartiya Kisan Union’s youth wing president Gaurav Tikait said, “We’ll submit memorandums to Governors (for repeal of new farm laws) across the country today. The movement will remain peaceful.” The day is also being observed as “Save Agriculture, Save Democracy Day”.

Security measures

Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed to maintain the law and order situation in the national capital in view of the farmers’ tractor rally. As a precautionary measure and to avoid any turbulence in the law and order situation, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has decided to keep three Metro stations—Vishwavidyalaya, Civil Lines and Vidhan Sabha—shut from 10 am to 2 pm on Saturday.

The step has been taken on the advice of Delhi police, which have also made elaborate security arrangements. Several farmer groups are also expected to join the protesting farmers at Delhi’s border points today.

 

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