Farm bill: Canada’s Trudeau says situation in India ‘concerning’ as talks with government turn ‘inconclusive’

Farm bill: Canada’s Trudeau says situation in India ‘concerning’ as talks with government turn ‘inconclusive’

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mr. Trudeau’s comments came as the protesting farmers held talks with India’s federal government on Tuesday afternoon at New Delhi, following nearly a week of protests on the Farm bill.
  • “I would be remiss if I didn’t start also by recognizing the news coming out of India about the protests by farmers,” Trudeau started his comments in the address.
  • According to reports, leaders of 32 farmers union representing the millions of Indian farmers took part in the meeting today at 3 PM in New Delhi to discuss the Farm bill.
  • But the discussion turned out to be ‘inconclusive,’ reports say.

KOLKATA (India) — Canadian prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out in support of the Indian farmers, saying the condition in India with the ongoing farmers’ protest is ‘concerning.’ came out in support of the Indian farmers, saying the condition in India with the ongoing farmers’ protest is ‘concerning.’

Mr. Trudeau’s comments came as the protesting farmers held talks with India’s federal government on Tuesday afternoon at New Delhi, following nearly a week of protests.

Mr. Trudeau was addressing the Sikh community in a video conference to celebrate ‘Gurupurab’ the 551st birth anniversary of Guru Nanak, founder of Sikhism.

Several Sikh MP’s from the Canadian House of Commons was there with the PM. Canda has one of the world’s largest Punjabi diaspora in the world.

Bringing up India’s current chaotic situation India over three controversial bills, the Canadian PM said his administration is in touch with the concerned Indian authorities to discuss the situation her described as ‘concerning.’

“I would be remiss if I didn’t start also by recognizing the news coming out of India about the protests by farmers,” Trudeau started his comments in the address.

“The situation is concerning,” Mr. Trudeau said, what is the first comments his government has made on the issue.

“Canada will always be there to defend the right to peaceful protest. We believe in the importance of dialogue and that’s why we’ve reached out through multiple means directly to the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns.”

According to reports, leaders of 32 farmers union representing the millions of Indian farmers took part in the meeting today at 3 PM in New Delhi to discuss the Farm bill.

But the discussion turned out to be ‘inconclusive,’ reports say. The Indian government has suggested forming a committee, including 4-5 members representing farmers, and other government and expert representatives to discuss the new farm laws.

The Indian side is yet to officially respond to Canada’s comments on the farm bill. But the Hindusthan Times newspaper noted the Twitter handle for the Indian High Commission in Ottawa posted a set of infographics, saying, “Busting some myths around the farm bills. Don’t fall for fake information!”

What is the issue?

Three controversial farm bills passed by the government have invoked the biggest-in-decades uproar among the nation’s farmers as they argue the bill would ultimately push them at the cusp of capitalism.

The farmers, who make nearly half of India’s economic workforce either demand withdrawal of the three bills or guarantee them the minimum standard price for their produce in a new bill.

Thousands of farmers from India’s agricultural villages in the vicinity of New Delhi has been staging protests against the bills, that the government argues is to “empower farmers for engaging with processors, wholesalers, aggregators, wholesalers, large retailers, exporters, etc., on a level playing field.”

But the small growers in India’s agrarian economy fear that the bill would push them at the mercy of huge corporates, whereas earlier they got the security of a minimum price for their produce from government-regulated wholesalers.

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