No headway in Indian farmer-govt talks

5 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

NEW DELHI: The deadlock over the repeal of the contentious farm laws persisted on Monday, with the Indian government and the farmers unable to come on the same page reports NDTV.

In the seventh round of meeting that’s still on, the farmers’ representatives refused to climb down from their demand. The government also refused to budge from its stance. Agriculture minister Narendra Tomar is still insisting that these laws are beneficial for farmers, said Sarwan Pandher, who is attending the meet as part of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee.

Tomar said that laws “have been brought through parliament and the government is ready to amend the laws and incorporate the suggestions of farmers,” he added.

Meanwhile, routes connecting Delhi to Ghaziabad and Noida via Ghazipur and Chilla borders remained partially closed on Monday due to the farmers’ protest against the Centre’s agricultural reforms, the traffic police said.

They advised commuters to take alternative routes for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Bhopra and Loni borders.

Farmers from different states have been camping at various border points of Delhi for 40 days now to demand the repeal of the three farm laws enacted in September and a legal backing for the minimum support price (MSP)

The farmers had a difficult morning on Sunday as overnight rains left their tents waterlogged, firewood and blankets soaked, and intensified the cold. However, the farmers have said the weather will not dampen their spirit and they will continue the protest till their demands are met.

Since the farmers arrived at the national capital’s borders in late November, the Delhi Traffic Police has been posting alerts on its official Twitter handle to inform commuters about road closures across the city.

In a series of tweets on Monday, the traffic police said Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Saboli and Mangesh borders are closed for traffic movement.

“Please take alternate route via Lampur Safiabad, Palla & Singhu school toll tax borders. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba & GTK road. Please avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK Road & NH-44,” it said.

“The Chilla and Ghazipur borders are closed for traffic coming from Noida & Ghaziabad to Delhi because of farmer protests. Please take alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Bhopra & Loni Borders,” it said.