Farmers-govt talks further delayed; 10th round scheduled talk postponed

Farmers-govt talks further delayed; 10th round scheduled talk postponed

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The proposed talks between the representatives of protesting farmers and union government, scheduled for Tuesday –January 20, 2021, on controversial new farm laws was pushed back by a day to January 20, with the Centre saying both sides want to resolve the stalemate at the earliest but it was getting delayed due to involvement of people of other ideologies, as per PTI report.

Asserting that the new farm laws are in the interest of the farming community, the government said obstacles do come whenever good things or measures are taken and it is taking longer to resolve the issue as farmers’ leaders want a solution their own way.

PTI reported that “the government’s ministerial meeting with farmers unions will be held on January 20 at 2 pm at Vigyan Bhawan, instead of January 19,” the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

A Supreme Court-appointed panel to resolve the crisis is scheduled to hold its first meeting on Tuesday.

“The Government’s ministerial meeting with protesting farmers’ unions was fixed on January 19. Due to inevitable reasons, it has become important to postpone the meeting.

“Now the meeting will be held on January 20 at 2 pm at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. Request you to attend the meeting,” Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said in a letter to 40 farmer unions.

Till now nine rounds of talks between the government and farmers have failed to reach any concrete results. The protesting farmer unions have stuck to their main demand for repealing all the three new laws, but the government has refused to do so and stick on to do changes in the farm laws, instead of fully repealing the farm bills.

As per PTI reports Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said “since people of different ideologies have entered into the protest, they want a solution in their own way.Both sides want a solution, but they have different points of view and hence it is taking more time. But a definite solution will emerge,” he noted.”

Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, are protesting for nearly two-months at various Delhi borders against the three farm laws enacted by the central government in September 2020.

January 19,2021

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