NEW DELHI: The central committee, constituted to recommend measures to make minimal assist worth (MSP) obtainable to farmers throughout the nation, promote pure farming and put together a complete technique for crop diversification, will maintain its first assembly on August 22, listening to views of stakeholders together with consultants and farmer representatives.
Although the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) – joint platform of farmer organisations that spearheaded protests in opposition to farm legal guidelines throughout 2020-21 – won’t participate within the assembly, 5 different farmer representatives of various organisations that supported the farm legal guidelines and demanded reforms would attend the assembly at NASC complicated, Pusa on subsequent Monday.
“We are not part of the committee which doesn’t include our key demand of ‘legal guarantee’ to MSP as one its terms of reference. We have already rejected the panel and not sent names of our representatives. We continue to stick to our demands and stand. So, there is no question of attending any such meeting,” mentioned Yudhvir Singh, basic secretary of BKU (Tikait) and one of many SKM leaders.
However, Krishnaveer Choudhary of Bharatiya Krishak Samaj who is likely one of the 5 farmer representatives within the 29-member committee mentioned, “I will attend the meeting. How can you raise issues of farmers without attending the meeting? I’ll bring before the panel the farmers’ wish. Those who will not attend the meeting are not well-wishers of farmers.”
The committee, headed by former agriculture secretary Sanjay Agrawal, was constituted final month. It doesn’t have, nevertheless, any timeframe to submit its advice to the federal government. The agriculture ministry that notified the panel remained silent on farmer unions’ key demand of granting authorized assure to MSP.
The ministry saved the posts of three members vacant within the panel to accommodate the SKM’s representatives as soon as it acquired their names. Moreover farmer representatives, Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand; agriculture economists CSC Shekhar from Indian Institute of Financial Improvement and Sukhpal Singh from IIM, Ahmedabad are amongst different members of the committee.