Farmers’ leaders say need meet PM Modi, Agriculture Minister

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 14

Ahead of the scheduled meeting with officials in the Agriculture Ministry around noon here in Delhi on Wednesday, representatives of farmers organisations have said they would like to meet the Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister to put forth their views regarding the three contentious agriculture Acts.

Majority of the farmers’ leaders said they will express their views before the Agriculture Secretary who has called the meeting.

“We are coming for the meeting because we did not want to give the impression that farmers are not open to dialogue. It all depends upon the government whether they are inclined to resolve the matter. We also want to meet the Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister,” farmers’ representatives Dr Darshan Pal and Kulwant Singh Sandhu said.

Farmers’ unions in Punjab, which have been holding protests against the contentious farm laws agreed to hold talks with the Centre on Tuesday.

Representatives of 29 organisations met here on Tuesday and decided to accept the Centre’s invitation. The Bhartiya Kisan Union (Ekta Ugrahan), which has been holding separate protests, has also agreed to be part of the meeting with the Agriculture.

The unions, however, have decided to continue the protests.

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