IndiaFarmer groups held talks with the central government yesterday on issues such as ensuring minimum prices for crops, but ultimately failed to reach a consensus. Today they launched a demonstration, with soldiers marching in multiple directions towards the capital Delhi; The police released tear gas and the protesters injured many people. Delhi yesterday announced containment measures for a month, including a ban on public gatherings.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other regions have been gathering at key checkpoints entering and exiting Delhi since last week. Farmer groups held talks with the Agriculture Minister and the Food Minister yesterday, but both sides failed to reach a consensus on the most important issues.
Farmers started trying to break the blockade this morning, some on foot and some on tractors, moving towards Delhi.
Television footage showed that police set up heavy barriers such as horse barriers and cement blocks on the highway, and fired tear gas and water cannon at farmers who behaved excessively. At the time of writing, both sides were still confronting each other. The scene was filled with smoke. Some farmers covered their noses with scarves, and some were injured. Arrests also took place.
In the border areas of Delhi, some residents clashed with protesting farmers as their lives were affected. Television footage showed people chasing each other and attacking each other with sticks. The current situation in the urban area of Delhi is generally normal.
Indian farmers began mass protests in early 2020 over the repeal of the “three farm laws” by the Modi government. They camped outside Delhi to protest for over a year and did not move until the government made several commitments. ,
Farmer leaders today claimed that the government has not yet fulfilled its promises.
According to “New Delhi Television” (NDTV), yesterday’s talks lasted for five hours. The central government agreed to withdraw the bill that could have cut electricity subsidy to farmers and provide justice to farmers who lost their lives in the protests in 2020. And 2021. And withdrawing the charges against the farmers arrested earlier.
However, both parties are making laws to ensure minimum support price (MSP) for farmers’ crops.loanNo consensus could be reached on requests like exemptions.
MSP is a long-term measure taken by the Government of India to ensure the income of farmers. Currently, the Central Government of India has prepared MSP for 22 crops based on the recommendations of local governments and agriculture-related committees. If the market price is less than the MSP, the government will buy them at MSP.
However, the MSP measure has no legal basis in India, and farmers worry that the government could revoke it at any time.
Indian economic and agricultural experts oppose the MSP measure, believing that it violates the market mechanism and that farmers will not pay attention to market dynamics and choose which crops to plant based on market demand.
To maintain peace in the capital, Delhi Police issued a notice on the 12th, banning gatherings of more than 5 people, barring outside tractors or trucks from entering Delhi, and prohibiting people from Banned from carrying corrosive or explosive substances, using loudspeakers. Making inflammatory remarks. Duration 30 days.
On the other hand, Delhi International Airport also issued a notice reminding passengers to plan their journey to the airport in advance or take more advantage of the traffic control measures.MRTSystem.
General elections are to be held in India in April or May this year and outsiders believe that farmers intend to protest at this time to put pressure on the government.
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