By: Dr Mohammad Aleem, Editor, ICN Group
NEW DELHI: The stalemate between the farmers and the government looks not going to end so soon. It shows that the government is hell-bent to implement the new farm laws and the agitating farmers look fearful about the financial safety of their future. Despite many rounds of talks, nothing has changed. The situation is the same on the ground.
Today’s national Hindi daily Navbharat Times has very succinctly summarised this issue in its editorial which is as follows:
“It looks that the stalemate between the agitating farmers and the central government is not going to break so soon. The farmers have rejected the written proposals of the government. It was prepared after the meeting with the Home Minister of India, Amit Shah. The agitating farmers want to see an abrogation of all farm laws. The government has given in writing that it will continue the MSP (Minimum Support Price), and also the state government will have the right to levy the tax on the sale and purchase of grains outside the dedicated mandis, and it will have the right of registration of the private farm businessmen. The government has also tried to address many other concerns of the farmers. Despite all that, the farmers’ unions have rejected them outright. It seems that there is a complete lack of trust between the farmers and the government. During the passage of the contentious farm laws in the parliament, the opposition parties had registered their strong objections against it. But the government had ignored it then completely. The government also did not pay heed to the initial protests of farmers in Punjab when they had blocked the rail and other services. Finally, out of desperation, they reached Delhi. The ruling party also did not hesitate to label different charges against the farmers as they are misguided people, and also many among them are Khalistan supporters. Finally, the result will come out through dialogue only, not through violence, agitation, and blockade. But it is the responsibility of the government to win the confidence of the farmer.”
This situation is worrying and the government should take this issue seriously. It is also a fact new emerging power of the world, India, needs reforms, but not at the cost of the welfare of common people.