Incentivizing farmers: The Center proposes to give MSP a five-year guarantee on five crops.

The issue of fixing the minimum support price (MSP) in the Swaminathan formula and giving it legal protection is unlikely to be resolved soon as the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) union on Monday rejected the government’s proposal and allowed it. to continue the agitation until the demands are met. In order to find a solution to the current farmers’ agitation due to the demand for legal implementation of MSP, the Center proposed to buy cotton, maize, turkey, urad and masur. for five years directly from farmers in the maritime area without quantitative restrictions. It did not commit to enacting the law desired by the farmers, forcing private traders to buy at least at the reference price.

The current agitation to march to Delhi was called by SKM (Non-Political) and Punjab Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee  which was part of the 2020-2021 activities of the united SKM. against three agricultural laws. The government had to withdraw three laws due to years of protest by various peasant groups (mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh).

Seeking debt relief

The current round of protests is mainly led by the SKM. (No). -political), which seemed more open to the government’s proposal. However, a large number of leftists, who also supported SKM (non-political) in this round, are completely against the new formula of the government. These differences came to light on Monday. SKM (Non-Political) leader Abhimanyu Kohar said Union ministers Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda and Nityanand Rai, who were in talks with them, sought more time to fulfill their remaining two demands of debt waiver and a scheme for acquisition of land Implementation. “We have given them two more days to respond to these two demands and if we don’t hear anything by February 21, we will continue our peaceful march to Delhi from the Punjab-Haryana border,” said Kohar. He urged the farmers to connect the two points on the border of Punjab and Haryana by February 21.

A positive gesture

Kvankam Piyush Goyal said the farmers’ leaders had informed them that they would discuss the proposal. in forums in the next two. According to sources, there was a general consensus among the SKM (non-political) peasant group to take the proposal as a positive gesture to continue negotiations. Left factions of the SKM hardened their stance against the proposals. and said they would meet in the next two days to decide on the next course of action. This has put considerable pressure on the SKM (Non-Political) not to accept the Centre’s offer, even though its leaders are used to the Centre’s open speeches, sources said.

SKM chief Darshan Pal told the media on Monday. Singh said the government is trying to alienate farmers’ unions because the current crop diversification proposal has diluted the two main demands of the legally guaranteed MSP and the Swaminathan formula. “Farmers will lose if they (leaders of other SME groups) don’t understand the government’s motives (to divide).

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