Narendra Singh Tomar. (File Photo: IANS)
In a bid to address the worries of the farmers, who are on the streets since last week to oppose the newly passed farm laws, the Central government on Tuesday sought their objections as well as suggestions in writing, even as the talks between the leaders of the farmers’ groups and the government held earlier in the day ended inconclusively.
The government has asked the farmers to submit the written document on Wednesday, so that it could be taken up for discussion on Thursday.
The government suggested the farmers’ groups to make themselves properly acquainted with the new laws and thereafter point out their areas of concerns.
On Tuesday, leaders and representatives of farmers’ groups held a meeting with the Agriculture Ministry officials at the Vigyan Bhawan in which several Union Ministers, including Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, were present.
A fourth round of talks between the agitating farmers and the government is now expected to be held on Thursday (December 3).
Besides Tomar, Railway and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash along with representatives of farmers’ organisations from Punjab and Haryana sat together for talks on Tuesday noon.
During the meeting, the Union Ministers conveyed to the farmers the benefits of the Acts brought to improve the agricultural sector.
The farmers’ representatives, however, termed the laws as contrary to their interests.
Meanwhile, Tomar has proposed to set up an expert committee to discuss the issues of farmers further, so that they can be resolved by mutual consent.
The farmers’ representatives, however, rejected the government’s proposal to constitute a committee, maintaining that all the delegates will go through further discussions to resolve the matter.
“It has been suggested by the government to the representatives of farmers’ union to identify the specific issues related to farm reform acts and share with the government on December 2, 2020 for consideration. These issues will be discussed during the fourth round of meeting to be held on December 3, 2020,” an Agriculture Ministry statement said.
The government has assured that it is always committed to protect the interest of farmers and is always open for discussions for farmers’ welfare.
“Various issues related to farm reform acts were discussed at length and talks were held in a cordial atmosphere,” the statement said.
The over three-hour-long dialogue between a group of more than 32 farmer union leaders and the government remained inconclusive.
The farmers declared that they will continue their protest and the agitation will be strengthened day by day until the government agrees to their demand.
Farmer leaders, however, said the meeting was peaceful but the government was not ready to repeal its three farm laws, and proposed to form a committee to study and clarify law-related misconceptions to resolve the ongoing deadlock
TV actress Kamya Panjabi joins Congress in Mumbai
The Congress got a fresh dose of glamour with well-known television actress Kamya Panjabi joining the party here on Wednesday.
Mumbai Congress President Bhai Jagtap and other leaders like Charan Singh Sapra welcomed Panjabi to the party fold.
Shooting to popularity with her appearance in the reality show “Bigg Boss-7” (2013), Panjabi has been working in the entertainment industry for over two decades and had expressed a desire to join politics and serve the masses.
Congress activist Niraj Bhatia and other leaders shared pictures of her joining the party on the social media.
Kamya, 42, has worked in several teleserials including “Banoo Main Teri Dulhann”, “Maryada: Lekin Kab Tak”, “Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki”, “Rethi”, Astitva… Ek Prem Kahani”, “Piya Ka Ghar”, and “Kyun Hota Hai Pyaar”.
Besides, she has acted in Bollywood films like “Na Tum Jaano Na Hum”, “Yaadein”, “Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani”, “Koi.. Mil Gaya”, and music videos like “Mehndi Mehndi” and a play “Pajama Party”
Amarinder to meet Shah on farmers’ stir
Former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh will lead a non-political delegation of agricultural experts to meet the Union Home Minister to discuss possible solutions to the ongoing farmers’ agitation on Thursday.
Disclosing this here on Wednesday, Amarinder Singh, who announced to float a new political party with seat sharing with parties, including the BJP, said he had been discussing various options with Home Minister Amit Shah, whom he will be meeting in Delhi again on Thursday, and others.
“I think I can help in finding a solution as I have been the Chief Minister of Punjab and am also an agriculturist,” Amarinder Singh told a press conference.
While there could be no pre-decided formula for resolution of the farmers’ stir, something will emerge during the talks as both sides — the Central government and farmers — want a resolution to the crisis triggered by the farm laws, he said.
Making it clear that he had not met any farmer leaders, the former Chief Minister said he had deliberately not interfered in the matter as the farmers did not want politicians involved.
The farmer leaders had four inconclusive meetings with the Centre but back channel talks have been going on, he added.
Amarinder Singh had earlier said any seat arrangement he made with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would be subject to a resolution of the farmers’ issue in their interest.
TN CM announces Rs 5L as relief to kin of victims killed in fire
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin announced a financial compensation of Rs five lakh to the family of all five persons killed due to an alleged fire in a firecracker shop in Kallakurichi district.
Eight others were reportedly injured in the incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening and are in a serious condition.
Stalin announced a relief of Rs one lakh to the injured persons admitted in the Kallakurichi government hospital.
The deceased victims include Khaleed (23), Shah Alam (25), Shaikh Basheer (67) and Ayyasamy (62). The police said it is yet to identify the fifth deceased victim.
Police sources told IANS that the mishap occurred due to a short circuit in an electric line and further investigation is on to ascertain the exact cause. A grocery shop was allegedly converted into a firecracker shop ahead of Diwali and was doing brisk business when the incident occurred.
The whole building was engulfed in fire and the police and fire personnel from Sankarapuram and Kallakurichi arrived at the spot to douse the fire.
Kallakurichi District Collector, P.N. Sridhar told media that the fire was doused after nearly three hours of intense efforts by the team of fire personnel and the police units that rushed to the spot.
The team cordoned off the area and started rescue operations as well as saved the grievously injured from the fire engulfed building.
State Minister, E.V. Velu reached the spot and visited the injured persons at the Kallakurichi government hospital on the same day of the incident.
The police said further investigation is on and whether the grocery shop that was converted into a firecracker shop had the mandatory license to conduct business. Whether the shop had the precautionary measures required to conduct a firecracker business, the police added.
The state government had issued warnings to the people and the firecracker manufacturers and traders to be safe during the Diwali season.
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