Sixth-round of talks between Indian protesting farmers and Govt ends with positive hope

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said consensus has been reached between the two sides on two out of four issues. The next round of talks would be held on January 4.

New Delhi: Union Minister for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar along with Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal (L) during a meeting with farmers leaders over the new farm laws, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi,

India: The sixth round of talks between the Indian farmers and protesting farmers ends with the positive note.

After the meeting, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said consensus has been reached between the two sides on two out of four issues. The next round of talks would be held on January 4.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “The first issue was an ordinance related to the environment. Unions were apprehensive about farmers being included along with Parali ones. Both sides agreed to farmers’ exclusion.”

“Farmers feel that if reform is introduced in the Electricity Act, they’ll suffer loss. Unions wanted the electricity subsidy given to farmers by states for irrigation should continue. The consensus was reached on this issue also,” he added.

“Today’s talks mostly on electricity, stubble burning. Next meet to focus on MSP guarantee, three farm laws,” Union leader Kalwant Singh Sandhu said.

After the sixth round of talks with farmer unions over the new Agri laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he requested the farmer leaders to send home the elderly, women and children. The next round of talks will be held on January 4, he said.

Earlier in the meeting Today, Indian government ministers tried to give some good gestures to the farmers to that Union Ministers Piyush Goyal & Narendra Singh Tomar having food with farmers leaders during the lunch break Vigyan Bhawan where the govt is holding talks with farmers on three farm laws.

Talks were positive Today. Govt has been saying that we should end agitation & form a committee. But we didn’t listen to them. We won’t take back our movement. We won’t form any committee. We’ll discuss MSP in next meet: Balkaran Singh Brar, Punjab President, All India Kisan Sabha.

Many farmers leaders who are present in the meeting stated that Today’s meeting was in a positive environment and we are hoping that the government will agree on our remains demands, until that our protest would continue.

Another farmer leader notified that scheduled tractor rally has been postponed to further notice.

The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the umbrella organisation which represents the farmer unions, said the modalities for repealing the three contentious laws and a legal guarantee on minimum support price (MSP) must be part of the agenda. The Morcha further said the agenda should also include amendments to be made and notified in the Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020 to exclude farmers from its penal provisions.

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