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Ministers from the Union meet with farmers, who insist on a legislative guarantee for MSP

In an attempt to talk farmer leaders out of their ‘Delhi Chalo’ march, a group of Union ministers met with them here on Monday night. It is said that in exchange, the Center decided to drop the lawsuits it had filed against the farmers during the 2020–21 protest.

One of the main requests of farmer leaders, according to reports, is a legislative guarantee of the minimum support price for crops.

The second session of negotiations between the ministers, Piyush Goyal, Minister of Food and Consumer Affairs, and Arjun Munda, Minister of Agriculture, was conducted at the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration, located in Sector 26.

The meeting started at around 6:30 p.m. and included, among others, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Sarwan Singh Pandher and Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal.

The meeting went on till a late hour.

According to reports, during the conference, the Center’s delegation decided to drop the lawsuits filed against farmers who were involved in the 2020–21 protests against the since-repeated agricultural legislation.

It is also thought that the Union ministers agreed to compensate the families of farmers who lost their lives in the last uprising.

According to other sources, during the conference, the Central ministries deliberated about many other requests made by the farmers.

Reporters were informed by one of the farmer leaders present at the meeting that their primary objectives were debt remission and a legal guarantee to the MSP.

Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, the cabinet minister for Punjab who was present at the meeting, said that the state government supports farmers.

In addition to a legal guarantee for the minimum support price (MSP), the farmers are demanding the following: the reinstatement of the Land Acquisition Act of 2013, the withdrawal from the World Trade Organization, pensions for farmers and farm laborers, waivers of farm debt, police cases against and “justice” for victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence, and compensation for the families of farmers who died during the previous agitation, among other things.

Farmers will go to Delhi on Tuesday, according to the announcements made by the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha and the SKM (Non-Political), to put pressure on the Center to grant their requests.

Senior officials from the Punjab administration, such as Chief Secretary Anurag Verma and Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav, were in attendance in addition to farmer leaders.

Prior to traveling to the city, the farmer leaders taking part in the discussions in Chandigarh met at Amb Sahib in Mohali, Punjab.

On February 8, the leaders of farmer organizations participated in in-depth talks at the first meeting with the Union ministers.

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