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Farmers reject amendments proposed by government; here's what experts have to say

Updated : December 09, 2020 06:48 PM IST

The Farmers' Union at the Singhu border made it clear that they will not agree to any of the written points that the government has sent to them as proposals because there is hardly any change from what the government had mentioned earlier.

Government proposals have been rejected unanimously.

They in fact talked about intensifying the protest that they say would be taking forward on December 14.

Ashok Dalwai, CEO of National Rainfed Area Authority, said, “The fact that government has been able to identify the important issues that the farmers raised during their discussions and further the government also gave in writing that they will be willing to consider effecting amendment to the required act only shows that government is keeping its mind open, that government is ready to go along with the farmers.”

Harish Damodaran, Harish Damodaran, Rural Affairs and Agriculture Editor at The Indian Express, said, “Farmer unions are trying to draw a distinction between agriculture trade and agricultural marketing. Agriculture is very much a state subject and what the farmers unions are trying to say that agriculture covers everything that the farmer does."

"When the farmer takes his crop to the mandi and sells it is not trade, trade begins after the farmer has sold. Trade begins when marketing has ended and all these farmers have been saying that we are not traders, we are farmers and we sell our produce and that is called marketing. So they are making a sort of a constitutional argument, they are saying this particular act it is totally anti-constitutional.”

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