Central Government and farmers’ unions held the ninth round of talks in the National Capital today.
Speaking to the media before the talks, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar welcomed the Supreme Court decision to set up a committee to hear the grievances of the farmers. He said, meanwhile, the government is also continuing talks with the farmers’ unions to listen out to their issues. Mr. Tomar said, the government is holding talks with farmers’ leaders with an open mind and hope for positive discussions.
Dead end to the 9 th Agri talks, appealed to farmer unions to form an informal group among themselves to prepare concrete proposals to be discussed in the next meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Friday detailed discussions took place at the ninth round of talks but could not reach a decisive stage.
Farmer leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan told reporters after the meeting that the unions urged the government to repeal the three laws, but the Centre was unwilling to do so.
“We decided to meet again on January 19 at 12 pm,” he said.
The two sides, therefore, decided to meet again on January 19 at 12 noon, Tomar told reporters after the end of the meeting that lasted for nearly five hours.
“Talks took place over three farm laws in a cordial atmosphere and detailed discussions took place on some issues, but couldn’t reach a decisive stage,” he said. “We suggested they can form an informal group of people who can understand the laws better and prepare some concrete proposals, detailing what are farmers’ expectations and what clauses are problematic for them, which the government can consider with an open mind,” the minister said.