30 farmer groups determined that authorities’s strategy appears to be ‘non-serious’ in the direction of their considerations
Farmer outfits in Punjab on Wednesday collectively turned down the invitation of the Central authorities to attend a gathering, slated for October 8, “to address the concerns” surrounding the three agriculture sector laws.
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Members of as many as 30 farmer outfits held a gathering right here, through which it was determined that farmers wouldn’t take part in any assembly as the federal government’s strategy appears to be “non-serious” in the direction of addressing farmers’ considerations.
“We have rejected the invitation extended by Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal to several members of different outfits for the conference. The language of the letter sent to us indicated that the meeting was not for any conversation or discussion on the farm laws. But it seems a call from the Agriculture Secretary to explain the benefits of these laws to the farmers,” stated Jagmohan Singh, basic secretary, Bhartaiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda). “It shows the non-serious approach of the government,” he added.
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Mr. Singh stated farmer outfits had additionally determined to proceed their ‘rail-roko’ agitation throughout the State. “It was also decided that if the Punjab government did not convene an Assembly session by October 15 to repeal the agriculture sector laws, we will start boycotting Congress leaders in the same way as the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) leaders are being boycotted,” he stated.
The Secretary, Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, authorities of India, had written to representatives of various farmer organisations, inviting them for a gathering in New Delhi on October 8, to deal with the considerations relating to the influence and implementation of recent farm laws.