Zia Haq reports on public policy, economy and agriculture. Particularly interested in development economics and growth theories.
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By Zia Haq, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 01:01 AM IST
- The police say about 30,000 tractors are likely to participate in the rally, but farm leaders said the number of vehicles will be closer to 200,000.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2021 05:08 AM IST
The farmers, who have rigidly called for either a repeal of the laws or nothing, on Friday vowed to intensify their agitation — the biggest the Modi government has faced so far, and one that has seen tens of thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana camping on the Capital’s borders for 57 days.
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 04:10 AM IST
In the 10th round of negotiations with a 41-member delegation representing farm unions on Wednesday, the Union government offered to suspend the three pieces of legislation in its most far-reaching proposal yet.
UPDATED ON JAN 21, 2021 05:15 AM IST
In the 10th round of negotiations with a 41-member delegation representing protesting farm unions on Wednesday, the government said it will move an affidavit before the Supreme Court to put the laws in abeyance till a solution to the farmers’ demands is found.
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:06 PM IST
Cases have been recurring in areas from where they were first reported and federal teams are assisting all states in coordinating containment measures
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 03:43 AM IST
The committee will begin its consultations with farm unions on January 21. “Invitations have been sent to unions which are both pro- and anti-farm laws,” Anil Ghanwat, a member of the committee told HT.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 05:51 AM IST
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of nearly 400 farm groups leading the stir, said that efforts by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni to organise an “all-party meeting” on the farm laws were not authorised by it, and did not figure in its official agenda.
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 08:30 PM IST
- On January 12, after two days of deliberation, the Supreme Court had suspended the pro-reforms farm laws approved by Parliament in September.
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:12 PM IST
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha said efforts by Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni to organise an all-party meeting on the farm laws were not “authorised”
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:12 AM IST
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of farm unions spearheading the ongoing farmers’ agitation, said their tractor parade would cover a 60-km stretch and pass through New Delhi’s Outer Ring Road, covering areas such as Peeragarhi, Janakpuri and Munirka.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 17, 2021 07:34 PM IST
- The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of farm unions spearheading the farmers’ agitation, said farmers all over the country would also take out similar parades in state capitals and district headquarters.
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2021 04:39 PM IST
The NIA has summoned over two dozen people in a case related to an organisation called Sikhs for Justice.
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2021 04:18 AM IST
Like several earlier rounds of discussions, the farm unions demanded that the government commit to complete rollback of the laws. At Friday’s talks, the government proposed that the 41-member farmers’ delegation form a “smaller group” with “people who have expertise on laws”.
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 09:38 AM IST
The agenda of the farmers is to focus the discussions only on ways in which the new laws can be scrapped
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2021 02:01 AM IST
BKU leader says ready to sacrifice any post so as not to compromise interests of farmers, protesting unions rigid on not participating in talks.
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 03:43 PM IST
Bhupinder Singh Mann, a former MP and the national president of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, a farm union, said he was “recusing” himself from the committee of four set by the Supreme Court to look into farmers’ grievances over the laws
UPDATED ON JAN 13, 2021 02:56 AM IST
All four members proposed for the committee — economists Ashok Gulati and PK Joshi as well as farm activists Anil Ghanwat and Bhupinder Singh Mann — have either publicly endorsed the laws or want them amended.That is a gripe among farm unions protesting the laws they say will hurt their livelihoods.
The top court named members to panel, all of who were “pro-reforms” and “pro-government”, all the more reason not to take part in its consultations, leaders of Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform for the protesting farm unions, told reporters.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 01:01 AM IST
Even in states free from the avian flu so far, consumption of poultry has plunged, several stakeholders said.
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 11:55 PM IST
A surge in avian influenza or bird flu, an outbreak that has now spread to 10 states, has decimated over three dozen large farms, shut down hundreds of hatcheries and upended supply chains as more poultry farmers confront the pervasive fear of its rapid spread
PUBLISHED ON JAN 11, 2021 09:28 AM IST
Bird flu epidemics have been confirmed so far by the Bhopal-based NIHSAD in Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh
By Zia Haq | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:12 PM IST
The next round of talks is now slated to take place on January 15.
By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 09, 2021 11:50 AM IST
The protesting farmers, apart from a repeal of the laws, have also demanded a law guaranteeing MSPs calculated using the C2 yardstick. The farmers will hold the next round of negotiations with the Centre on Friday.
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 02:12 AM IST
An outbreak of avian influenza has gripped four states, but it poses little risk to humans at this stage, the officials said, as the Union government put all states on alert to stop its spread and economic impact.
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 06:02 AM IST
Farm union leaders said they were prepared to intensify their agitation and added that the government was not prepared to budge from its stand.
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 05:36 AM IST
Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash will lead the government side, while 40 leaders of farm union will represent farmers at the talks.
UPDATED ON JAN 02, 2021 04:58 AM IST
The food ministry’s official projections show the government’s total procurement for summer paddy (2020-21) will likely touch 74.2 million tonnes, up from the total quantity of 62.7 million procured during 2019-20, an increase of 18%. Punjab’s share in total paddy procurement stands at 42%.
By Zia Haq | Hindustan Times,
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 06:06 AM IST
However, with the two principal demands of a repeal of three new farm laws and a legal guarantee of minimum support prices yet to be discussed, the light at the end of the tunnel is still faint.
By Zia Haq | Hidustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 06:18 PM IST
Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash also discussed the possibility of a law on guaranteeing minimum prices for farm prices, said a senior farmers’ representative present in the talks.
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 03:08 PM IST
According to an official, farm minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government is open to negotiations and suggested that, if everyone agreed, the talks could take up the easier issues first.