The government and farm unions reached some common ground on December 30 to resolve protesting farmers' concerns over rise in power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but the two sides remained deadlocked over the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP.
New Delhi: Despite reaching an agreement on exempting farmers from the penal provisions of stubble burning under an ordinance on air quality in the capital, the Centre does not plan to take action until all other issues with protesting farmers groups are also resolved.
A day after talks over new agri laws registered some progress, farm unions on Thursday said the Centre’s appeal to them to suggest an alternative to repeal of the laws wasn’t feasible.
The Haryana Police on December 31 used a water cannon and tear gas as farmers on tractor-trailers broke through barricades at the Shahjahanpur border with Rajasthan, trying to push towards the national capital.
Delhi’s borders with Uttar Pradesh at Chilla and Ghazipur remained closed on Friday for those coming to the national capital from Noida and Ghaziabad because of the farmers’ agitation over the three farms laws enacted in September to liberalise the sector.
The traffic police have advised commuters from Uttar Pradesh to take routes passing through Anand Vihar, DND, Loni DND, and Apsara borders, which have remained mostly unaffected. They have continued checking at these border crossing points to ensure protesting farmers do not sneak in. This has slowed down traffic.
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Last Updated Jan 1, 2021, 10:55 AM IST