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Eight hours later, farmers, govt agree to ‘talk on’; Punjab waits for trains -Harikishan Sharma and Avishek G Dastidar

-The Indian Express During the meeting, both the sides tried to bring a common ground to restore the rail services in Punjab, which have been suspended since September 24, when farmers started their “rail roko” agitation against the central laws. THE talks between the government and representatives of farmer unions remained inconclusive on Friday, with both sides refusing to budge from their respective stands but agreeing to continue discussions. The farmer organisations...

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Farmers’ Protests in Punjab — Through the Historical Lens of Social Movements (Part 2) -Harjeshwar Pal Singh

-Punjabtodaytv.com How does the present Kisan movement in Punjab, against new Farm Laws, measure up to previous historical lessons? As far as goal or objectives are concerned, this movement has largely been consistent and limited in its approach. Its main demand has been: repeal the three Farm Acts and guarantee MSP. However, as the centre continues to be obdurate, and everything pointing towards a long-drawn struggle, pressure to widen the scope of...

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For Farmers in Punjab, Minimum Support Price Doesn't Guarantee a Better Income -Vivek Gupta

-TheWire.in With or without the government-mandated minimum support prices, private players in Punjab have been calling the shots, and the new farm laws only legitimise the rampant practice. Chandigarh: Farmers from Punjab, who are up in arms against the Centre’s new farm laws, have more than one reason to remain firm on their demand for the rollback of the contentious laws. For crops where there is no assured government purchase even after the...

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Other side of APMC repeal: Bihar farmers want mandis, ‘like Punjab’ -Harish Damodaran

-The Indian Express Farmers in poll-bound Bihar are seeking mandis 'like in Punjab and Haryana' Begusarai, Khagaria: In 2006, Nitish Kumar’s government showed the way by repealing Bihar’s Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act and allowing crops to be freely traded outside the state’s regulated mandis. But 14 years on – when the Narendra Modi government at the Centre has enacted a law dismantling the monopoly of APMC mandis all over India and...

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Behind arhtiyas joining farmers’ stir: Fear of losing hundreds of crores in annual income -Anju Agnihotri Chaba

-The Indian Express There are around 28,000 active arhtiyas in Punjab out of which 50 per cent are the ‘Baniya Arhtiyas’ (traditional arhtiyas), while the other 50 per cent are ‘Zamindar Jatt Arhtiyas’ (mostly farmers’ themselves). Jalandhar: With passing of the Farmers’ Produce, Trade, and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, the arhtiyas (commission agents) of Punjab are set to lose around Rs 1700 to Rs 1800 crore annually in ‘commission’. While the...

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