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Protesting farmers reject Centre’s proposal to put farm laws on hold

PRESS TRUST OF INDIA 

New Delhi, Jan 21: Protesting farmer unions Thursday rejected the governments proposal to sus-pend three farm laws for 18 months, and said they want nothing but a complete repeal of all these con-tentious legislations.

 “Ina full general body meeting of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha today, the proposal put forth by the government yesterday, was re-jected. A full repeal of three cen-tral farm acts and enacting a leg-islation for remunerative MSP for all farmers were reiterated as the pending demands of the move-ment,” Samkyukt Kisan Morelia, an umbrella body of protesting unions, said in a statement. 

The government, during their tenth round of negotiation with the agitating farmer leaders Wednesday, proposed to suspend the three farm laws for 1-1.5 years and set up a joint committee to find an amicable solution in the in-terest of the farming community. 

The two sides had also decided to meet again Friday after the union leaders told the three Central government ministers that they will hold their own internal con-sultations on Thursday to decide on the Centre’s new proposal.

 During the internal meeting, which lasted for over four hours, the farmers also asserted that they “will not go back to their homes until their demand to repeal the three contentious farm laws is ac-cepted by the government”. “The SKM pays homage to the 143 farmers who have been mar-tyred in this movement so far. 

These companions are separated from us while fighting this mass movement. Their sacrifice will not go in vain and we will not go back without the repealing of these farm laws,” the statement said. 

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