The agriculture minister says the government is ready to talk to the farmers’ unions; asks you to share the objection to farm laws | India News
The government and unions have held 11 rounds of talks, the last on January 22, to break the deadlock and end the farmers’ protest. Talks have not resumed after widespread violence during a tractor demonstration by farmers protesting on January 26.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping on the borders of Delhi for more than six months in protest against the three laws that they say will end state purchase of crops in MSP. The Supreme Court has suspended the implementation of the three laws until further orders and has created a committee to find solutions.
“All the political parties in the country wanted to introduce the agricultural laws, but could not muster the courage to do so. The Modi government took this big step in the interest of farmers and introduced reforms. Farmers benefited from it in various parts of the country. But in the meantime the agitation of the farmers began, “Tomar said at a Cabinet briefing.
He said the government held 11 rounds of talks with farmers and unions were asked about their objections to the laws and what provisions they believe were against farmers.
“But neither the leader of any political party gave his answer in the Chamber (Parliament) nor any peasant leader, and the talks did not advance.”
The minister said that the government is committed to farmers and also respects them.
“So when farmers want discussions, the Government of India will be ready for discussion. But we have repeatedly asked them to state the objections in the provisions logically. We will listen and find a solution,” Tomar said.
Three union ministers, including Tomar and the Minister of Food Piyush Goyal, held 11 rounds of talks with protesting farmers’ unions.
In the last meeting on January 22, the government’s negotiations with 41 farmer groups hit a roadblock, as the unions roundly rejected the Center’s proposal to suspend the laws.
During the 10th round of talks held on January 20, the Center had offered to suspend the laws for 1-1.5 years and form a joint committee to find solutions, in exchange for the protesting farmers returning to their respective homes from the borders of Delhi.
Farmer groups have argued that these laws will end the mandi and MSP procurement systems and leave farmers at the mercy of large corporations, even as the government has dismissed these apprehensions as out of place.
On January 11, the Supreme Court had suspended the implementation of the three laws until further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the deadlock. The president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, Bhupinder Singh Mann, had withdrawn from the committee appointed by the high court.
Shetkari Sanghatana (MaharashtraChairman Anil Ghanwat and agricultural economists Pramod Kumar Joshi and Ashok Gulati are the other members of the panel. They have completed the stakeholder consultation process.