Representatives would be enlisted by the government to make appropriate recommendations on issues related to MSP, FTAs and FDI in retail
Representatives of Indian Coordination Committee of Farmers’ Movements held extensive discussions with Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture; Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development; K.V. Thomas, Minister of State, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution; D. Purandeswari, Minister of State, Commerce and Industry; S.K. Jena, Minister of State, Fertilizers and N.N. Meena, Minister of State, Finance on March 20 to discuss the demands of farmers who had been camping since March 18 at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.
After detailed discussions lasting for nearly three hours it was decided to constitute committees to address three crucial issues that were exercising the farmers, namely
— To examine the methodology of assessing cost of cultivation and determining the Minimum Support Prices of various agricultural commodities;
— To address apprehensions in regard to dumping of agricultural produce in the country under liberal Free Trade Agreements.
— To suggest appropriate safeguards to protect farmers in the wake of the introduction of Foreign Direct Investment in Multi Brand Retail.
It was decided that the representatives of the farmers would be enlisted in each of the above committees, which would make appropriate recommendations and suggestions to the Government for protection of farmers’ interests