Fruits and vegetable sales in Delhi drop due to protests

Indian government invites farmers for new talks to end deadlock

The Indian federal government has invited representatives of the protesting farmers for new talks to end the deadlock. The latter’s protests against the new farm laws entered its 25th day on Sunday.

In a letter to the farmers' representatives who had earlier participated in talks with the government, joint Secretary, Agriculture, Vivek Aggarwal, said: "Please provide a list of apprehensions and give appropriate dates so fresh talks can be initiated in Vigyan Bhavan so that the protest ends soon."

In the letter, the government said that it is serious about farmers issues and had held many rounds of talks and also that it is trying to talk to farmers' unions separately and take their feedback.

The government had held five rounds of talks with the farmers' union with the last one held with Union Home Minister Amit Shah but the farmers had rejected the offers given by the government. The farmers, on December 9, had unanimously rejected the proposed amendments suggested by the Centre to the three controversial farm laws and had sought a complete rollback of the laws.

In its proposal, the Centre had agreed to a written assurance on the MSP and a uniform tax for private market yard and APMC -- a marketing board established by state governments to ensure that farmers are safeguarded from exploitation by large retailers, as well as ensuring that farm to retail price does not touch excessively high levels.

Punjabnewsexpress.comreports that, according to the proposal, there would be a provision for registration for private traders dealing in agricultural produce. The government had also given an assurance on framing new rules under which state governments would be given the power to come up measures on registration for the welfare of the farmers. reported that protest by the farmers of Punjab & Haryana are still blocking the roadways on the outskirts of the capital, affecting the sales of fruits and vegetables by 30 per cent from a month ago at Delhi’s wholesale market.  Buyers from Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh were unable to visit the mandi, hurting trade. 

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