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Farmers’ vital meeting with the Central Government is scheduled for today amidst the push for the MSP ordinance

Farmer leaders are set to convene with Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai at 6 pm in Chandigarh.

The farmers protesting at the Punjab-Haryana border and the government are poised to engage in a fourth round of discussions on Sunday, aiming to resolve the deadlock over their demands, which include a law ensuring minimum support price (MSP) for crops.

Farmer leaders are scheduled to meet Union ministers Arjun Munda, Piyush Goyal, and Nityanand Rai at 6 pm in Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana. While previous rounds of talks earlier this month led to agreements on various issues, three key points remain unresolved.

Yesterday, farmer leaders urged the government to enact an ordinance to legally guarantee MSP, suggesting it could later be transformed into law. Sarwan Singh Pandher, a prominent farmer leader, expressed optimism about receiving “good news” after Sunday’s meeting.

In addition to MSP legislation, the farmers marching towards Delhi are also demanding the implementation of the Swaminathan Commission’s recommendations, loan waivers, pensions for farmers and farm labourers, and the withdrawal of police cases.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait announced protests in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, and Uttarakhand on Wednesday to emphasize their demands. While the BKU participated in the 13-month-long farmers’ protest in 2020-21, it is not involved in the current Delhi Chalo march.

During the last meeting three days ago, the farmers agreed to maintain peace and schedule further discussions for Sunday. There have been no reports of confrontations between farmers and security personnel since then.

The farmers commenced their march to Delhi last Tuesday, transporting trollies loaded with provisions that they anticipate will sustain them for months, enabling them to continue their protest until their demands are met. They are currently encamped at the Shambhu and Khanauri borders between the two states, where layers of barricades have been erected to impede their progress.

Delhi’s borders have also been fortified, with Ghazipur, Singhu, and other entry points partially sealed. Concrete blocks and spikes have been deployed on roads to hinder the passage of tractors and trollies.

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