Union ministers to hold talks with farmers ahead of Delhi protest march

Hours ahead of a massive protest march by farmers of Punjab and Haryana in the national capital, three Union ministers, including Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, will be meeting the leaders of farmer organisations in Chandigarh on Monday evening to resolve the issue amicably.

The first round of meeting was held on February 8.

The farmers have been demanding the fulfillment of promises made by the Central government in 2021 that included a legal guarantee for a minimum support price (MSP) on crops, implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, farm debt waiver and withdrawal of police cases.

Nearly 200 farm organisations under the banner of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (non-political) and the Kisan Mazdoor Morcha will start a protest march, ‘Delhi Chalo’, on Tuesday.

Besides Goyal, the other Union ministers meeting the farmers are Agriculture Minister Arjun Munda and Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai. In the previous meeting, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann was the mediator.

“As of now we stick to both our plan for the protest march and demands,” said Jagjit Singh Dallewal, who heads a faction of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU).

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