Farmers’ Protest: Civil Society Members Ask PM To Initiate Dialogue, End Deadlock -Kusum Arora

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published Published on Apr 24, 2021   modified Modified on Apr 26, 2021

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The letter also appealed to the Samyukt Kisan Morcha leadership, the umbrella body of various farmer unions, to respond positively to the government’s invite if it is extended.

Jalandhar: Urging the Centre to end the deadlock in the ongoing farmers’ protest, renowned intellectuals from across the country have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union agriculture minister Narendra Tomar to invite the farmers for dialogue ‘immediately’.

Civil society members also appealed to the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) leadership, the umbrella body of various farmer unions, to respond positively to the government’s invite if it is extended.

The last meeting between farmers and the Union government on the controversial farm laws was held on January 22. It ended in a deadlock, which has continued to persist. The farmers have been sitting on protest at Singhu and Tikri borders for the past five months, apart from smaller protests and dharnas spread across the country.

In the letter, people such as former vice-chancellors, members of the Planning Commission of India, agriculture experts, retired IPS and IAS officers, veteran journalists and others wrote: “In the understanding of the farmers, and rightly so, the implementation of these three laws would not only accentuate their crisis but would also pose a serious threat to their livelihood.”

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TheWire.in, 24 April, 2021, https://thewire.in/rights/farmers-protest-civil-society-members-ask-pm-to-initiate-dialogue-end-deadlock


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