Chandigarh, April 9th
As Haryana witnessed a surge in COVID-19 cases, Interior Minister Anil Vij said on Friday that he was concerned about farmers at the state borders with Delhi and would write to the Union Agriculture Minister to resume talks and resolve the issue.
Vij, who is also Minister of Health, said that all necessary steps are being taken to control the spread of the coronavirus in the state.
“We do all of this … but I worry that a large number of farmers are sitting on the borders of Haryana. Coronavirus cases are spreading quickly and I also have to save them from the corona.
“I will write to the Union Minister of Agriculture to resume talks soon so that this problem can be resolved and so that large numbers of farmers can return home. A solution to any problem can only be found through dialogue, ”Vij told reporters in Ambala.
Notably, Haryana had seen its highest daily increase in more than four months on Thursday, as 2,872 more people tested positive for coronavirus, the health department said.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have camped at three border points of Delhi – Singhu, Tikri (along Haryana) and Ghazipur – and the lifting of the three from the center in September last year.
The center says the new farm laws will free farmers from middlemen and give them more opportunities to sell their crops.
However, the protesting farmers say the laws will weaken the minimum support price (MSP) system and hand them over to large companies. – PTI