In the latest chapter of the ongoing farmers’ agitation in India, a crucial meeting held in Chandigarh between the farmers and the Central Government ended without any resolution, deep into the night. Despite hours of dialogue, the farmers’ leaders announced that their march towards Delhi, a symbol of their struggle and demands, will persist unabated.


Key Highlights:

  • Stalemate in Discussions: The meeting saw participation from senior government officials, including Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Arjun Munda. However, the discussions concluded without the government providing concrete assurances on the farmers’ demands, which include a legal guarantee for Minimum Support Price (MSP), implementation of Swaminathan Commission recommendations, pension schemes for farmers and farm laborers, loan waivers, withdrawal of police cases against protestors, and justice for the victims of the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.


  • Continuation of the Delhi March: Despite the proposals offered by the government, the farmers’ leadership remains steadfast in their resolve to continue their march to Delhi, signifying their discontent with the government’s responses and lack of decisive action on their previous agreements.


  • High Alert in Delhi and Haryana: Anticipating the farmers’ march, both Delhi and Haryana have been placed on high alert, with prohibitory orders implemented and major borders including Singhu, Tikri, and Ghazipur fortified with iron and cement barricades, containers, and dumpers to block entry routes. Over 114 companies have been deployed, and mobile internet services and bulk SMS have been restricted in several districts to maintain law and order.


  • Public Litigation against Government Decisions: In response to the stringent measures and internet bans, a public litigation was filed in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, challenging the government’s decisions to seal borders and restrict communications, with a hearing expected soon.


  • Preparation and Resolve: Farmers from Punjab have already started their journey in convoys of tractor-trolleys, demonstrating their commitment to the cause. Despite the government’s efforts to thwart the march through physical barriers and legal provisions, the farmers’ determination to seek justice and fair treatment remains unshaken.


This latest development in the farmers’ agitation underscores the deep rift between the agricultural community and the government, highlighting the pressing need for meaningful dialogue, empathy, and concrete actions.

As the farmers’ caravan makes its way to the capital, it carries not just their immediate demands but the collective voice of the rural heartlands seeking recognition, respect, and rights in the face of adversity.

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