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Farmers' protest LIVE updates: Farmer leaders said the tractor parade will remain peaceful and will not affect the official Republic Day parade in any way

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

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FARMERS PROTEST
Farmers have been camping on the outskirts of national capital for over two months in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial farm laws. Photo: ANI
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 60: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Monday termed the government's proposal to suspend new farm laws for 1-1.5 years as the "best offer" and hoped that the protesting farmers' unions will soon reconsider it and convey their decision.

The talks between the government and 41 protesting farm unions have remained inconclusive even after 11 rounds of discussions. During the 10th round of talks, the government had climbed down and offered a proposal to keep the new laws in abeyance for 1-1.5 years, but it was rejected by the unions.

has decided to allow thousands of protesting farmers to drive through the city after this week's Republic Day military parade, despite security concerns.
 
Farmers have been camping on the outskirts of capital for over two months in protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial farm laws, which they say will hurt their livelihoods and help big companies. To up the ante, farmers wanted to drive tractors to the centre of New Delhi on Republic Day.

Farmer leaders have appealed to those participating in the Republic Day tractor march to carry enough ration for 24 hours and ensure that the rally remains peaceful.

No one should carry any weapon or drink alcohol. Banners carrying inciting messages are not allowed, a farmer leader said. Farmer leaders said the tractor parade will remain peaceful and will not affect the official Republic Day parade in any way.

Enacted in September last year, the three farm laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

However, the protesting farmers have expressed their apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of minimum support price and do away with the 'mandi' (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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