Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that there are forces that want the farmers' agitation to continue and ensuring that no good comes out of it. Centre and farmer leaders held 11th round of talks today, which also remained inconclusive. Centre proposed to reconsider its proposal of implementation of farm laws on hold for 1-1.5 years and asked farmers to give their decision by tomorrow.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the 11th round of meeting between Centre and farmer leaders remained inconclusive as farmers' welfare was not at the heart of talks from the unions' side. "I am sad about it. Farmers unions said that they only want to repeal the laws despite the govt asking for alternatives," he said. "We asked them to reconsider our proposal as it is in the interest of farmers and the country. We asked them to convey their decision tomorrow," he added.
Farmer leaders and representatives held a meeting with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and other ministers over farm laws. The meeting was held at Vigyan Bhawan. This is the 11th round of meeting between farmer leaders and Centre. In 10th round of meeting on January 20, Centre proposed to suspend the farm laws for one and a half years. Farmers are firm on their demand for a complete repeal of the farm laws.
Day before massive tractor rally by farmers, Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava informed that they have mutually agreed on 3 routes for the rally with the farmers. "After discussions with farmer leaders, we have mutually agreed on 3 routes for the tractor rally (on Jan 26). We (police and farmer leaders) have visited the routes. There are some anti-national elements that can create disruption and we're careful about that," said CP SN Shrivastava. Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava reviewed final preparations as protesting farmers are going to hold a tractor rally to mark Republic Day.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Delhi’s health system didn’t collapse during Covid due to reforms and better management. Kejriwal was speaking at a Republic day event in Delhi. The Chief Minister of Delhi even hoisted the Indian flag at the event at Delhi Secretariat. The chief minister said despite drying up of tax revenue due to the pandemic, the AAP government managed to pay salaries to its employees. While talking about the pandemic, Kejriwal said that over 3.12 lakh people recovered under home isolation that was started first in Delhi. “In developed countries, patients were lying on floors in corridors. We studied it and understood that everyone who got sick was taken to hospital, even those with mild symptoms. Doctors in Delhi came up with home isolation. We decided that asymptomatic patients would be treated at home,” said Kejriwal. Watch the full video for more.
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Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar and Maharashtra Congress state president Balasaheb Thorat participated in the farmers' demonstration at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on January 25. The farmers had arrived at Azad Maidan after walking hundreds of kilometres from Nashik region of Maharashtra. Three new farm laws instigated farmers to hit roads in national capital. Protesting farmers are all set to hold tractor rally in Delhi to mark Republic Day.
Ahead of the farmers' tractor march, Joint Secretary of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, Sukhwinder Singh Sabhra on January 25 stated that in today's meeting with police, the final route for the rally will be decided. He said, "We feel that the kind of permission granted to us for tractor rally is not right. We wanted to go to the old Ring Road but we were given conditional permission and assigned the portion that comes largely under Haryana." "All we're saying is that we don't want to go there, we just want to go to Ring Road. We'll have a meeting with Police at 10 am today over this. It will then be decided where we will finally go. After the meeting, we'll decide the time and route of the rally," he added.
Moderate fog engulfed the national capital on the morning of January 24. Bitter cold conditions prevail in parts of north India. Minimum temperature of 4 degrees Celsius is expected in the upcoming week in Delhi. According to the India Meteorological Department, cold wave to severe cold wave is predicted in isolated pockets of Delhi for next 2-3 days. Northern Indian states including the Himalayas can likely to witness rain, thunderstorm and snow during the next few days. IMD's regional Met centre in New Delhi has issued orange alerts over Uttar Pradesh for Jan 24 and across Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi for Jan 24 and 25.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday engaged in a war of words over farmers' Delhi Chalo march against the Centre's farm laws. While Singh..
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Over 'Delhi Chalo' protest march over recently enacted farm laws, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on November 26 said that "Constitution offers freedom of speech and freedom of expression..