Farmers once more reject govt’s supply of amending legal guidelines, need them repealed


New Delhi, January 15

The ninth round of talks between protesting farmer unions and three Central Ministers got under way here on Friday afternoon to break the over-a-month-long deadlock on the three new agri laws.

Farmers have again rejected the government’s offer of amendments to the laws, sticking to their original demand of complete repeal.

Sources say Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said since the Supreme Court has already stayed the implementation of the laws,  they should discuss amendments in the three laws.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar; Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal; and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash hold talks with farmer leaders at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Friday. Credits: Government sources

“When the SC, via its directive, has already stayed the laws, farmers should point the shortcomings in them and discuss the matter,” Tomar said, according to those present in the meeting.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar; Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal; and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, who is an MP from Punjab, are holding the talks with the representatives of around 40 farmer unions at the Vigyan Bhawan here.

Farmer leaders arrive at Vigyan Bhawan to attend the ninth round of meeting on farm bills with the government, in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan

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Thousands of farmers — mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh — are protesting at various border points of Delhi for over a month now against the three laws.

On Thursday, Tomar said the government’s ninth round of negotiations with protesting farmer unions would take place as scheduled and the Centre was hopeful of positive discussions.

“The government is ready to hold talks with farmer leaders with an open mind,” Tomar had told reporters here.

Farmer leaders arrive at Vigyan Bhawan to attend the ninth round of meeting on farm bills with the government, in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan

The Supreme Court on January 11 had stayed the implementation of the three laws till further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse.

Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann on Thursday recused himself from the committee appointed by the Apex Court.

Shetkari Sanghatana (Maharashtra) president Anil Ghanwat, International Food Policy Research Institute’s Pramod Kumar Joshi and agriculture economist Ashok Gulati are the other three members on the panel.

Meeting between farmer leaders and Union Minsters under way at the Vigyan Bhawan. Credits: Government sources

On January 8, the eighth round of meeting remained inconclusive as the Centre ruled out repealing the three contentious laws claiming nationwide support for the reforms. However, farmer leaders had said they were ready to fight till death and their ‘ghar waapsi’ would happen only after ‘law waapsi’.

Though talks till now have remained inconclusive, in the sixth round held on December 30 last year some common ground was reached on two demands — decriminalisation of stubble-burning and continuation of power subsidies. — PTI with TNS

Farmer leaders arrive at Vigyan Bhawan to attend the ninth round of meeting on farm bills with the government, in New Delhi on Friday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan



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