Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has assured the farmers’ unions that MSP and the mandi system will proceed like earlier than
New Delhi: The federal government and the farmers’ unions reached some widespread floor on Wednesday to resolve the protesting farmers’ issues over the rise in energy tariffs and penalties for stubble burning, however the two sides remained deadlocked over the principle contentious problems with the repeal of three agricultural reform legal guidelines and a authorized assure for Minimal Help Worth (MSP). The following spherical of talks might be held on January 4.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has assured the farmers’ unions that MSP and the mandi system will proceed like earlier than. The Centre can be planning to arrange a committee to counsel methods on how to herald a brand new regulation on MSP. On the protesting unions’ demand for repeal of the three legal guidelines, the federal government could arrange one other committee to look into its constitutional validity and propriety, holding in thoughts the welfare of farmers throughout the nation.
After practically 5 hours of negotiations within the sixth spherical between the three Union ministers and a 41-member consultant group of the 1000’s of farmers protesting at Delhi’s borders, Mr Tomar stated the talks have been held in local weather and ended on a optimistic observe.
The minister stated he had requested the farmers’ leaders to ship house the aged, girls and youngsters. He additionally congratulated the leaders for holding peace and self-discipline throughout their protests at Delhi’s borders.
At Vigyan Bhavan, Mr Tomar and his Cupboard colleague Piyush Goyal additionally joined the farmers’ leaders for lunch. In all of the previous conferences, the farmers’ leaders had eaten collectively whereas the ministers and officers had lunch individually.
This was the sixth spherical of talks after a three-week hole. The farmers have determined to proceed with their agitation till all their calls for are met, however in the intervening time have deferred the proposed tractor march in order that it doesn’t conflict with the subsequent spherical of talks with the federal government on January 4. Earlier this week, the farmers introduced a tractor march from the Singhu and Tikri borders to the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Freeway on December 30. They later deferred it to Thursday.
Mr Tomar stated “a minimum of 50 per cent decision has been reached” with mutual settlement on two of the 4 gadgets on the agenda — one referring to the proposed electrical energy regulation and the opposite about an ordinance to maintain farmers exterior the ambit of the penalty clause (upto Rs 1 crore) for stubble burning.
On the farmers’ demand for a authorized assure for procurement at MSP, Mr Tomar stated the federal government had already made it clear that it is able to give a written assurance. “Discussions on the three farm legal guidelines and MSP will proceed within the subsequent spherical of talks on January 4,” he informed reporters after the assembly ended.
The agriculture minister stated the union leaders stored insisting on the repeal of the three farm legal guidelines, however the authorities tried to elucidate to them the advantages of the legal guidelines and requested concerning the particular issues confronted by the farmers.
Forward of the assembly, Union minister Som Prakash had stated the talks can be “decisive” and the federal government desires farmers to “have a good time the New 12 months at their houses”.
Hailing the brand new farm legal guidelines, defence minister Rajnath Singh stated that the protesting farmers ought to see their implementation for 2 years. He stated: “My solely request to farmers is that clause-wise dialogue based mostly on logic needs to be carried out and never search ‘sure’ or ‘no’ solutions. We’ll discover a decision to the issue. The farmers ought to see the implementation of those legal guidelines for 2 years as an experiment. We might be able to make the required amendments if there’s a want.”
Whereas the talks have been on at Vigyan Bhavan, the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Congress appealed to the farmers to carry direct talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in any other case the dialogue wouldn’t yield any outcomes. Punjab Congress chief Sunil Jakhar stated the involvement of Mr Modi or house minister Amit Shah was a should for a profitable dialogue.