In the meeting held with police officials, the police requested the farmers not to take out the tractor parade in Delhi, while the farmers repeated their plan to do that on the Outer Ring Road of the Capital.
Their predicament results from the central government’s stipulation that those from the United Kingdom, where a new strain of the coronavirus has been discovered of late, should stay in quarantine for a week even if they have tested negative for COVID-19.
The nurses union of AIIMS claimed that the hospital administration has introduced contract terms to their employment which forced them to pre-empt their strike. It said that the decision has come as shock to the whole fraternity.
The plea pointed out that despite the COVID advisories not to hold large gatherings amid the pandemic, lakhs of farmers have assembled at Delhi's borders and this might lead to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.
Farmer leader Kanwalpreet Singh Pannu said that thousands of farmers will start their 'Delhi Chalo' march with their tractors from Rajasthan's Shahjahanpur through the Jaipur-Delhi Highway at 11am on Sunday.