In a meeting on Tuesday, protesting farmers in Punjab agreed to meet Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal for talks in Delhi Wednesday.
The Agriculture Secretary on Monday extended an invitation to members of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC), an alliance of 30 farmers’ bodies that have been protesting against the three new farm laws proposed by the Central Government and which were passed by the Parliament last month.
Punjab Farmers will meet with the Union Agriculture Secretary
However, the Farmers rejected the invitation for the talks by the Centre, last week. But, at a meeting that was held on Tuesday, AIKSCC decided to meet Agarwal.
Dr. Darshan Pal, the convener of the AIKSCC and a member of the seven-person group who will meet the agriculture secretary, said, “Today, it has been decided to accept the offer. But the protests will continue. Moreover, we are not expecting much from the talks. We have decided to meet the Agriculture Secretary so that an impression is not created that Punjab farmers are stubborn and are being unreasonable.”
Pal said that their demands are simple, just remove the laws.
Corporates face the wrath of farmers
The farmers in Punjab protesting for so many days. They have blocked all the toll plazas and railway tracks. Now, all the corporates are facing the wrath of the Farmers. They are protesting outside the Reliance owned stores and petrol pumps, as farmers think that the new laws going to benefit the corporates like Mukesh Ambani and Adani Group.
Conflicts among the farmer’s Unions
However, conflicts between the farmer’s organizations came out in open on Tuesday after the members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Ugrahan) didn’t attend the meeting. Although, Darshan Pal covered this.
He said that BKU (Ugrahan) was coordinating with them, coordinating their efforts with the union decision. Although they attend today’s meeting. They will be attending tomorrow’s meeting with the Agarwal.
Punjab CM asked farmers to vacate the railway tracks
Also, BKU (Ugrahan) has decided to end its rail roko protests. The action comes after Punjab CM Amarinder Singh last week instructed farmers to vacate the railway tracks so that essential services are not halted.
The Punjab government also pointed out the issue that because the train is not allowed to operate, there is an acute shortage of coal stocks at power plants. And if the situation continues, the state could face a power outage.