Urging farmer unions to type a casual group amongst themselves to prepare concrete proposals to be mentioned within the subsequent assembly, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar stated on Friday detailed discussions befell at the ninth round of talks however couldn’t attain a decisive stage.
IMAGE: Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar addresses the media after the ninth spherical of talks with farmers representatives over the brand new farm legal guidelines, at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, on Friday. Photograph: Arun Sharma/PTI Photo
The two sides, subsequently, determined to meet once more on January 19 at 12 pm, Tomar instructed reporters after the tip of the assembly that lasted for almost 5 hours.
“Talks took place over three farm laws in a cordial atmosphere and detailed discussions took place on some issues, but couldn’t reach a decisive stage,” he stated.
“We suggested they can form an informal group of people who can understand the laws better and prepare some concrete proposals, detailing what are farmers’ expectations and what clauses are problematic for them, which the government can consider with an open mind,” the minister stated.
He additional stated the federal government is hopeful of discussions reaching some decisive stage on the tenth spherical of talks on January 19.
On the direct talks between the federal government and farmers persevering with regardless of the Supreme Court appointing a panel, Tomar stated everyone seems to be absolutely dedicated to the apex courtroom and the federal government can even current its facet earlier than the committee panel when invited.
“Unions want to continue the dialogue with the government and we have no problem with that. The SC-appointed panel will also work for the welfare of farmers,” he stated.
The minister stated resolution can emerge from the government-farmers talks in addition to from the SC-appointed panel’s deliberations.
“Our effort is to resolve the issue through dialogue and we want the protest to end at the earliest given the adverse weather conditions and the COVID-19 pandemic situation,” he stated.
On Cong chief Rahul Gandhi’s allegations towards the federal government with regard to the farm legal guidelines, Tomar stated, “Rahul Gandhi’s statements and actions are laughed at within his own party also.”
“The Congress manifesto in 2019 itself promised these reforms and therefore Sonia and Rahul Gandhi should tell us whether they were lying at that time or are lying right now,” he stated.