A meeting of farmers in Delhi ended abruptly today over the absence of the agriculture minister. The meeting was being held with the agriculture secretary but the farmers were demanding the presence of Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
Upset over his absence, the farmers started raising slogans inside the ministry and tore up copies of the contentious farm laws. They also said their agitation against the contentious farm laws will continue.
Under the new laws, the farmers are allowed to sell produce anywhere in the country and deal directly with big corporates — a situation that the farmers have found alarming.
Most feel they would be left at the mercy of the corporates and with the phasing out of agricultural wholesale APMC markers, will not get even the minimum support price for their produce.