Ahead of the fifth round of meeting with agitating farmers, Union ministers Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh and Narendra Singh Tomar reach PM Narendra Modi’s residence in New Delhi.
Union Minister Piyush Goyal also reaches the Prime Minister’s residence in New Delhi. Fifth round of meeting on Saturday.
5th round of talks between the government and the representatives of farmers’ unions is scheduled to be held in New Delhi today to address the issues concerning them. The fourth round of talks between the two sides was held on Thursday in which the representatives of forty Farmers’ Unions participated in a dialogue with Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railways Minister Piyush Goel and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash. Senior officials from the Agriculture Ministry and the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution also participated in the dialogue. The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere and transparent manner. During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Tomar reiterated the Government’s commitment to the welfare of the farmers.
Mr Tomar assured the Farmer Unions that the Minimum Support Price, MSP will continue and therefore the farmers need not fear that it will go away. The representatives of the farmers unions raised the question of the constitutional validity of the three farm laws to which the Government side explained the constitutional provisions under which the Central Government legislated these laws. The farmers brought out issues related to the APMCs. They said there has to be a level playing field between Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMCs) and Private Markets and Trade Yards
Fourth round of talks between the government and farmers’ representatives over the three farm acts were held in New Delhi on Thursday.
The meeting went on for around 7 hours. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal represented the Centre at the meeting.
Briefing media after the meeting, the Agriculture Minister assured that government is open to discussing all issues and doubts of the farmers and is looking at their concerns. He said, the meeting was held in a very cordial atmosphere. Mr Tomar said, there is no ego issue of the government.
He said next round of talks are scheduled to be held on the 5th of this month at 2 PM. The Minister requested farmers to end their Andolan.
Today’s talks were attended by 40 representatives of 32 farmer unions. The third round of talks between the Centre and farmers remained inconclusive on Tuesday. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has emphasized that the Government is fully committed to the welfare of farmers and agriculture development is always on the top priority for Narendra Modi government. He reiterated that the new Farm Reform Acts which have been brought in are the interest of farmers.