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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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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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Why the new farm laws will not level the playing field -Arjun Harkauli

-Down to Earth Creation of unregulated private points of sale will only ensure that the produce continues to be sold as before — at below MSP and without any government support More than 86 per cent farmers in India own or cultivate on less than two acres of land and have little surplus to sell. They are the victims of middlemen (arthiya) at the mandis (local exchange markets) and are forced, by...

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Farm bills: Politics now threatens to complicate the process -Ajay Vir Jakhar

-The Indian Express An opportunity has been lost in the lackadaisical handling of the issue. When the establishment ignores the historical context and the emotional component underlying any debate, mass protests can erupt to potentially shape the future. The people of Punjab would not have wanted a confrontation with the Union government, neither would I want to put it so bluntly, but around us, agitated farmers, with a strong common purpose, are...

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Rajasthan govt. to bring bill against Centre’s farm laws, says Ashok Gehlot

-PTI/ The Hindu In the meeting of the State council of Ministers held at the Chief Minister’s residence, the effects of Centre’s three new laws on the farmers were discussed Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday said his government will bring a bill against the Centre’s farm laws on the lines of Punjab. The Chief Minister announced this on Twitter, hours after the Punjab assembly unanimously passed four bills and adopted a...

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