FARMERS’ DELEGATION MEETS WITH GOVT’S 6-MINISTERS’ GROUP ON DAY 3 OF KISAN KHET MAZDOOR MAHAPANCHAYAT
New Delhi, March 20th 2013 9:00pm: A group of 19 delegates from the Kisan Khet Mazdoor Mahapanchayat met with six ministers of Government of India this evening, on the third day of the massive sit-in on Parliament Street related to protection of farm livelihoods.
Sharad Pawar (Agriculture), Jairam Ramesh (Rural Development), K V Thomas (Food & Consumer Affairs), Shrikant Jena (Statistics & Programme Implementation), Namo Narain Singh (Finance) and D Purandareswari (Commerce) along with the seniormost bureaucrats of their ministries and the CACP Chairperson (Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices) met with a 19-member strong delegation from the Mahapanchayat.
It was decided that committees constituted for the purpose of looking into the different demands of the Mahapanchayat would be set up and time lines fixed in a meeting fixed for 12 noon tomorrow. A group of farmers’ leaders would also be meeting with Jairam Ramesh separately in the morning tomorrow on the governments’ amendments to the ‘land acquisition bill’ (rechristened subsequently).
“This is the first step in the process of realising better livelihoods for farmers; the content of the demands would be discussed in detail once the processes for the same, including the time lines get fixed tomorrow”, said Yudhvir Singh of ICCFM.
“We will see how this process unfolds from now on. The government representatives did express the interest in looking into all issues as soon as possible, and within a month ideally. If the government goes back on what was initiated today, we will take a decision in the Kisan Kumbh about our next action plan, in the upcoming meeting in Haridwar”, said Rakesh Tikait, national spokesperson of BKU.
For more information, contact: Yudhvir Singh: 09868146405