Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Friday that the government expects positive results at its next meeting with farmers’ unions on January 4, but declined to say whether the seventh round of talks would be final. Whether it will or not. You said in an interview with PTI that the last meeting was held on December 30, 2020 in a cordial atmosphere and the next meeting is likely to have a positive outcome in the interest of farmers and the country’s agriculture sector.
Asked about the farmers’ demands to repeal the government’s proposal to repeal three agricultural laws and offer alternatives, the agriculture minister said, “We will look into it.” Will the meeting on January 4 end? To this you said, “I can’t say anything right now.” I am not a prophet. But I hope that the decision will be in the interest of the country and the farmers. ”
So far, six-point talks between the government and about 40 protesting farmers ‘unions have failed to end the farmers’ movement on the Delhi border over the past month. At the last meeting on Wednesday, the two sides agreed on two demands to keep the blaze out of the category of crime and to continue electricity subsidies, but did not agree on the two main demands of the protesting farmers, repealing three agricultural laws. Providing and providing legal guarantee of MSP collection system.
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The government introduced the three agricultural laws that came into force in September as major agricultural reforms and said they were aimed at increasing farmers’ incomes, but agitating farmers expressed concern that these laws would weaken the MSP and mandi system. And these will depend on the kindness of the big corporates. The government dismissed the allegations as baseless and ruled out repealing the law.
A large number of people from many regions and opposition parties have come out in support of the farmers, some farmers groups have met with the Minister of Agriculture in the last few weeks and supported three laws. However, the agitating farmers have warned to intensify the agitation if their main demands are not met. “Farmers are demanding the repeal of the Agriculture Act,” the All India Kisan Integrated Coordinating Committee said in a statement.
Farmers leaders protesting at the Singhu border said in a separate statement that only five per cent of the issues they raised had been discussed in meetings with the government so far. He warned that he would announce the date of closure of all malls and petrol pumps in Haryana if the stalemate did not end at the January 4 meeting. Swaraj Bharat leader Yogendra Yadav said farmers working at Shahjahanpur on the Haryana-Rajasthan border would also travel to the national capital. Another farmer leader, Yudhbir Singh, said that a tractor procession would be taken out in January if no concrete decision was taken in the next round of talks.