The fifth round of talks between the government and the protesting farmers was also inconclusive on Saturday in view of the new agricultural laws, where the leaders of the farmers’ organizations remained adamant on the demand for withdrawal of the new agricultural laws and said ‘yes’ or’ no ‘to the government on the issue Went on a ‘silent vow’ demanding answers. After this, the Center has called another meeting on 9 December to end the deadlock. After more than four hours of talks with three Union ministers and senior officials, farmer leaders said the government had sought more time for internal discussions to present a final proposal to resolve the issue.
However, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government wanted concrete suggestions from 40 farmers leaders present at the meeting on their major concerns. He hoped that a solution would be found with their cooperation. The farmers have announced ‘Bharat Bandh’ on 8 December and warned that if the government does not agree to their demands, the agitation will be intensified and more routes coming to the national capital will be blocked.
Trade unions and many other organizations have expressed their support in this. At the meeting, Agriculture Minister Tomar appealed to the farmers leaders to send the elderly, women and children back home from the protest sites. Tomar led the negotiations on behalf of the government. It was also attended by Minister of Railways, Commerce and Food, Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash.
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After the meeting, the Agriculture Minister said that the government has assured the farmers that procurement will continue at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) and the mandis will be strengthened. Tomar said, “We wanted concrete suggestions from the farmer leaders on some key issues, but that did not happen in today’s meeting.” We will meet once again on 9 December. We have told them that the government will take care of all their concerns and our effort will be to find a solution. “He said,” If he had given suggestions today, it would have been easy. We will wait for their suggestions. ”
Agriculture Minister said thanks to farmers
Tomar thanked the farmer organizations for keeping discipline in the farmers’ movement. However, he appealed to leave the path of performance and join the dialogue. He said that the Modi government is and always will be committed to the interest of farmers. The sources said the three ministers met senior ministers Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed possible proposals to be put in front of the protesting groups before a crucial meeting with the protesting farmers’ organizations. The farmers have warned to intensify the agitation if their demands are not met.
Farmers remain silent for an hour
In the fifth round of talks with the government, the group of farmers went on a ‘silent vow’ for about an hour and sought a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response to their main demand for withdrawal of all three new agricultural laws. Some of the farmer leaders present in the meeting were seen holding the finger on their lips and holding the paper written ‘yes’ or ‘no’. According to sources, there were differences between the farmers who attended the meeting on some of the proposals put forward by the ministers.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (Rajewal) General Secretary Onkar Singh Agol said that we were on ‘silent fast’ as the government was not giving a clear answer on whether to withdraw the law or not. A farmer leader said that the government told him that first they would send proposals to the representatives of the farmers and they would attend the next meeting only after discussing the proposals.