Centre Invites Farmer Leaders For Another Meet Ahead Of Their Big Delhi March

Chandigarh:

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on Saturday said the Centre has invited them for a meeting to discuss their demands on February 12.

He said three Union ministers — Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda and Nityanand Rai — will arrive in Chandigarh on February 12 to hold talks with a deputation of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha.

The meeting will be held at the Mahatma Gandhi State Institute of Public Administration in Sector 26 here, a day before the farmers’ proposed ‘Delhi Chalo’ march.

Pandher also shared the letter inviting them to hold the talks in Chandigarh.

The first meeting with the three Union ministers was held on February 8 in which a detailed discussion was held with the leaders of farmer organisations which planned ‘Delhi Chalo’ march to press for their demands, including a law to guarantee a minimum support price for crops, was held.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, who coordinated with the farmer leaders for arranging the meeting, had also participated in it.

After the meeting, the farmer leaders had said the central ministers had assured them that they would hold a second round of the meeting soon.

The farmer leaders had said their proposed ‘Delhi Chalo’ march on February 13 still stood.

Mr Mann though had said that the ministers and farmer leaders agreed on many things, including withdrawal of cases registered against farmers during the previous agitation against the now-repealed farm laws and strict punishment for fake seeds and chemicals.

The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha had announced ‘Delhi Chalo’ march by more than 200 farmers’ unions on February 13 to press the Centre for accepting several demands.

Meanwhile, Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee general secretary Pandher condemned the Haryana government for its decision of suspending the mobile internet services and bulk SMS in seven districts.

He said that farmers were ready for the “historic” march to the national capital on February 13.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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