New Delhi: With spells of rain within the capital adding to the misery of farmers camping on the borders of Delhi, the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Wednesday warned the central government to “not test their patience, initiate the dialogue and accept the demands”.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh , are camping at three Delhi border points – Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur – for nearly six months, demanding repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for the minimum support Price (MSP) and other two issues.
“… quite 470 farmers are martyred within the farmers’ movement. Many agitators have had to go away their jobs, education and other work. The government’s attitude meanwhile shows how inhuman and careless it’s towards its own citizens, the ”anna daatas”. If the govt cares about its farmers and needs their welfare, then it should initiate dialogue with the farmers and accept their demands,” the SKM said during a statement, warning the govt to “not test the patience of farmers”.
So far, there are 11 rounds of talks between the protesting unions and therefore the government, but the deadlock has continued as each side have stuck to their stand.
In January, the govt had offered to suspend the farm laws for 12-18 months, which was rejected by the farmer unions.
The Supreme Court stayed the implementation of the laws till further orders and found out a committee to resolve the impasse.
When this government, which “pretends” to try to to the welfare of farmers, takes “full credit” for increasing production or export in any crop or state, it should also take responsibility for each “human loss and other loss” happening on the borders of Delhi, the SKM, an umbrella body of agitating farmer unions, said.
The spells of rainfall in Delhi on Wednesday under the impact of cyclone Tauktae, consistent with the protesting farmers’ union, has caused an excellent deal of “disruption and losses” at the various agitating venues.
“It has been a chaotic situation with reference to food and accommodation, thanks to the rain. Roads and a number of other parts of the protest sites are filled up with rainwater,” the union said.
“… for 6 months now, altogether such circumstances, within the absence of any government facilities and support, the protesting farmers themselves are handling such situations,” it claimed.
The centre says the new farm laws will free farmers from middlemen, giving them more options to sell their crops.