Government should reach out to farmers to resolve MSP stalemate – The New Indian Express

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Farmers have returned to Delhi’s borders with a renewed desire to compel the Union Government to provide a statutory guarantee at the minimum support price for the purchase of farmers’ produce. The MSP has become the pet peeve of the central government. A new battle between government and farmers is expected. While withdrawing the three controversial farm bills following protests by thousands of farmers at Delhi’s borders, the government had assured them that the MSP would not be withdrawn and would find ways to strengthen it further. However, he refrained from giving him a legal sanction.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar dashed any hopes farmers might have had when he told parliament that the government had never committed to giving MSP legal cover. He said all the government promised was to form a committee to make the MSP more efficient and transparent, promote natural farming and change cultivation patterns, and keep in mind the changing needs of the country. . A committee was therefore formed. The government has invited representatives of farmers to join the committee. But they rejected the committee for two reasons.

First, a legal guarantee to the MSP was not on the agenda. And second, the committee was filled with people behind the drafting of the three controversial farm bills. Representatives of Samyukt Kisan Morcha—the umbrella body for farmers’ organizations—said that unless drafting a law on the MSP was part of the terms of reference, he would not join. Government and farmer views on MSP remain as divergent as they have always been.

The government should give farmers the confidence to find a mutually accepted solution to this thorny problem. Farmers and state government officials, especially from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, should be invited for consultation and included in the committee. It was the farmers in those states who spearheaded the latest unrest. The rumblings have started again in these states. The national capital cannot afford another blockade and a series of violence.

Farmers have returned to Delhi’s borders with a renewed desire to compel the Union Government to provide a statutory guarantee at the minimum support price for the purchase of farmers’ produce. The MSP has become the pet peeve of the central government. A new battle between government and farmers is expected. While withdrawing the three controversial farm bills following protests by thousands of farmers at Delhi’s borders, the government had assured them that the MSP would not be withdrawn and would find ways to strengthen it further. However, he refrained from giving him a legal sanction. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar dashed any hopes farmers might have had when he told parliament that the government had never committed to giving MSP legal cover. He said all the government promised was to form a committee to make the MSP more efficient and transparent, promote natural farming and change cultivation patterns, and keep in mind the changing needs of the country. . A committee was therefore formed. The government has invited representatives of farmers to join the committee. But they rejected the committee for two reasons. First, a legal guarantee to the MSP was not on the agenda. And second, the committee was filled with people behind the drafting of the three controversial farm bills. Representatives of Samyukt Kisan Morcha—the umbrella body for farmers’ organizations—said that unless drafting a law on the MSP was part of the terms of reference, he would not join. Government and farmer views on MSP remain as divergent as they have always been. The government should give farmers the confidence to find a mutually accepted solution to this thorny problem. Farmers and state government officials, especially from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, should be invited for consultation and included in the committee. It was the farmers in those states who spearheaded the latest unrest. The rumblings have started again in these states. The national capital cannot afford another blockade and a series of violence.

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