Tribune News Service
New Delhi , December 5
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has once again urged farmer leaders to leave the path of agitation and give suggestions to resolve the issues related to farm legislations.
After a four-hour-long meeting with farmer leaders on Saturday, the minister said: “Today we held fifth round of talks with farmers. The talks were held in good positive atmosphere. We assured farmers that MSP will continue, but if someone has doubts, the government is ready for discussion.”
Tomar also said: “The government does not wish to disturb state mandis and rather we are ready to strengthen the APMC mandis further.”
“There was talk on various issues. We wanted suggestions on some issues but it could not happen,” he said, adding, “Now another meeting will take place on December 9.”
“We will discuss all the issues… But if there would have been some suggestions from farmers’ unions it would have been better,” he pointed out.
Tomar also urged the farmers to send home the aged and children protesting against the legislations.
“I have said in the meeting and here also I will say that elderly persons and children should be sent back,” he said.
“I want to assure that Modi government is completely dedicated to farmers and their welfare. This is demonstrated by pro-farmer steps taken by the government in the last six years.
“We give Rs 75,000 crore every year as PM-KISAN… this was possible only under PM Modi,” Tomar said.
“I want to assure farmers that the government is committed to the welfare of farmers. When there are talks there are several issues, when I say we are committed they should understand that all steps will be in favour of the farmers,” he added.
The Agriculture Minister also thanked union leaders for “maintaining discipline” during their protest. However, he urged them to end the agitation.
“I will like to urge farmers to leave the path of agitation and come for talks. In the last meeting several points were identified,” he said.