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Farmers reject GOI Proposal, to block Delhi-Jaipur, Delhi-Agra Highway on Dec 12

New Delhi: Day after farmer-leaders met Union Home Minister Amit Shah, the centre sent a draft proposal to the former. In its latest proposal, the govt. Has assured the farmers that the Minimum Support Price system will continue to regulate and also is ready to make relevant necessary amendments in the law. However, the farmers have rejected the proposal and announced to intensify the agitation in and around the national capital region.

In an interaction with the media, Darshan Pal, president of Krantikari Kisan Union said “We reject the government’s proposal and we will block Delhi-Jaipur and Delhi-Agra Highway on 12 December, no tax to be paid at any toll plaza on that day”.

Another leader protesting at the border said that “we will block all roads in Delhi one by one of the three farms laws are not scrapped.” They also showed uncertainty regarding the next round of talks with the centre.

What are the farmers protesting for

The protest by the farmer community, mainly hailing from the states of Punjab and Haryana, has been going on since November 26. Farmers have gathered around the national capital region’s border on several sides, putting a stop to all kinds of cross-border traffic movement. The farmers are protesting against three newly enforced farm laws: The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020.

What centre offered in its proposal

The Center, on Wednesday, released a draft proposal addressing the seven major issues and concerns of the farmers. 

The proposal states that the centre will provide written assurance about continuing the MSP system. The farmers fear that mandis will weaken after the regulation of new laws, to which the centre is ready to make amendments, wherein state governments can register the traders operating outside mandis. The state can also impose the tax as done by the Agricultural Produce Market Committee. 

Other issues addressed in the draft are availing access to civil courts and the prohibition of the lease, mortgage, and selling of farmer’s land.

What Delhiites have to take care of

Since the farmers have announced to intensify the agitation, people travelling on the highways should keep a check on centre and state advisories. Also, taxi and cab facilities may remain affected. One should keep a check on traffic updates and metro updates before moving through the national capital region.

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