Farmers in India divided over way forward on protests over key laws

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An influential section of farmers group has reiterated their demand for legal guarantees for minimum support prices (MSPs) and repeal of three key legislations for withdrawing their protest while another moderate section urged a dialogue with the government. Yogendra Yadav, leader of Swaraj India, rejected any amendments to resolve the issue. He said the calculation […]

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Indian government meets farm unions amid divergent voices on protests

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Indian government officials met with representatives of farmer union groups on Wednesday in a fresh attempt to resolve their objections on three key farm laws. Divergent voices have emerged over the issues with one section leaning towards a speedy resolution of the dispute while another maintaining their demand for a complete repeal of the laws.  […]

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COMMENT – New farm laws offer more markets and benefits to farmers

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Over the past few weeks, much has been written on the newly enacted farm bills, which have been termed “historic” by the proponents while “death warrant” for farmers by the opposition groups. The issues of contention range from the removal of commission agents, entry of private players, absence of price fixation mechanism among others. For […]

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India’s farm reforms face stern test in opposition-ruled states

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India’s main opposition Congress Party joined hands with several smaller groups to block the introduction of key farm laws to overhaul agriculture markets. The Congress has asked state governments where it is in power to explore ways and means to prevent the new laws that it calls anti-farmer and says encroaches upon state’s powers. Under […]

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Prime Minister Modi defends India’s farm reforms

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday defended his government’s decision to overhaul agricultural markets through four new legislations that has come under attack by opposition leaders.   Modi said that the new laws would benefit farmers tremendously as they will be able to sell their produce anywhere in the country. Previously, they were required to sell only […]

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Farm law reforms leaves India’s lawmakers divided

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The Indian parliament’s approval of two key farm bills that aim to reform agricultural markets has ignited a storm of protests with opinions divided over whether their legislation will benefit farmers, Biman Mukherji and Ritwik Sinha report. The parliament’s upper house on Sunday approved the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the […]

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