As Per PTI Farmers Protest Delhi: Farmers are ready to march to Delhi from Tuesday i.e. 13 February 2024. On a quiet Monday evening, the central government and farmer leaders convened for a crucial meeting, hoping to find common ground on pressing issues. Despite their earnest efforts, the discussion stretched on for over five hours, leaving both parties with unresolved concerns and lingering uncertainties.
. A farmer leader said that farmers will start their march to Delhi from Tuesday. Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher expressed his disappointment, stating, “We feel that the government is not taking any of our demands seriously. We do not think that they want to fulfill our demands. We will march towards Delhi tomorrow at 10 am.
Earlier, Union Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, accompanied by Union Minister Piyush Goyal, shared hopeful news from the meeting, stating that they had made progress on resolving most of the issues through consensus. and the government has proposed that the remaining issues be resolved through the formation of a committee. He said, the government always wants that we can resolve every issue through dialogue. We are still hopeful and welcome dialogue.
What things were not agreed upon in the meeting?
Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal, alongside Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda, engaged in a second round of discussions with farmer leaders at the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration in Sector 26. Among the attendees were Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher, and other representatives. The meeting commenced around 6:30 pm, bringing together voices from various corners in pursuit of understanding and resolution.
According to sources quoted by the news agency PTI, during the meeting, the Center expressed willingness to withdraw the cases filed against farmers during the 2020-21 agitation. However, farmer leaders remain steadfast in their demand for legislation ensuring a minimum support price (MSP) for crops.
Government’s intention is not clear – farmer leader
– After the meeting, farmer leader Pandher said, we had a long discussion with him. Every issue was discussed. Our effort was to avoid any conflict. We wanted this issue to be resolved through talks with them. If the government had made us any offer, we could have reconsidered our movement. He claimed that the intention of the government is not clear.
Pandher said, they do not want to give us anything. We have asked him to take a decision. He did not take any decision on the farmers’ demand to provide legal guarantee of minimum support price. Tomorrow at 10 am, we will embark on our journey towards Delhi. It’s heartening to hear that the Union Ministers have also pledged to provide compensation to the families of the farmers who tragically lost their lives during the previous agitation.
A farmer leader who participated in the meeting told reporters that their main demands include legal guarantee of MSP and loan waiver. Punjab Cabinet Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, who attended the meeting, said that the state government stands with the farmers. A detailed discussion was held in the first meeting between Union Ministers and leaders of farmer organizations on February 8.
Section 144 imposed in Delhi, police fortified
Earlier, Delhi Police has imposed prohibitory order under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for one month in the national capital in view of the possibility of widespread tension and social unrest due to the farmers’ march.
In an effort to regulate vehicle entry into the city, Delhi’s borders have been fortified with the installation of concrete breakers and iron spike barriers placed along the roads. These measures affected the traffic movement in the border areas of Delhi on Monday morning, causing inconvenience to the passengers.
These steps were taken to stop farmers in Haryana
– Haryana authorities have fortified the state’s border with Punjab at several places in Ambala, Jind, Fatehabad and Kurukshetra by installing concrete breakers, iron nails and barbed wire to stop the proposed Delhi Chalo March of farmers on February 13. Has given. Haryana government has also imposed restrictions in 15 districts under Section 144 of CrPC. There is a ban on gathering of five or more people in these districts and there is a ban on holding any kind of demonstration or taking out march with tractor-trolley.
– On Monday, Sarwan Singh Pandher, the General Secretary of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Samiti, shared that a convoy of tractor-trolleys departed from Beas in Amritsar in the morning. These vehicles will converge in Fatehgarh Sahib district. Additionally, farmers from Moga, Bathinda, and Jalandhar districts have also set out from their villages to join the march. Jagjit Singh Dallewal, a leader of SKM (non-political), mentioned that the tractor-trolleys will assemble at Mehlan Chowk in Fatehgarh Sahib district and Sangrur on Monday evening.
– Farmers have planned to go to Delhi from Ambala-Shambhu border, Khanauri-Jind and Dabwali border. Dallewal criticized the Haryana government for making heavy security arrangements at the Punjab-Haryana borders and allegedly harassing farmers who wanted to join the Delhi Chalo march.
He said that the government is in talks with the farmers and yet heavy barricades have been erected on the Punjab-Haryana border.With the safety of all citizens in mind, Haryana Police remain vigilant as state authorities have taken measures to enhance security. Concrete barriers and barbed wire have been installed on roads, and anti-riot vehicles have been deployed to ensure peace and safety in the region.
Police have also made elaborate arrangements along Haryana’s border with Punjab in Jind, Fatehabad, Kurukshetra and Sirsa districts. Internet services and large number of SMS facilities in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind, Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa 13 Has been suspended till February.