The ninth round of talks between the government and the farmers is also getting wasteful. The next round of meeting will be held on 19 January. During the talks with the Union Ministers, the protesting farmer unions stood on the demand for complete withdrawal of the three laws. Whereas the government demanded more diligence in their attitude. Farmer leader Jogindar Singh said after the meeting that the unions demanded the government to withdraw the laws, but the Center disagreed. He told that he decided to meet again on January 19 at 12 noon.
Five hour long meeting
He said that the farmer unions also raised the issue of NIA Red on transporters in Punjab, who are supporting the farmers’ movements and providing logistic support for the movement. The meeting lasted for about five hours, including a lunch break. Farmers’ unions said that they are committed to continue direct negotiations on three agricultural laws to resolve the deadlock that has been in place for more than a month. The Supreme Court has also formed a committee to resolve this.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the farmer leaders to be relaxed in their attitude. Apart from Tomar, Minister of Railways, Commerce and Food Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash were also part of the talks at Vigyan Bhavan with representatives of about 40 farmer unions from the government.
Member of All India Kisan Sangharsh Co-ordination Committee said that both the government and farmer unions reaffirmed their commitment to continue the process of direct dialogue.
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Demonstration continues on different borders of Delhi
Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three agricultural laws of the Center on different boundaries of Delhi for more than a month. Most of them are farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. In addition to the severe cold in the national capital and surrounding areas, despite heavy rains and water logging at the protest site in the last few days, the farmers have remained firm on their demand. Regarding the new agricultural laws implemented in September 2019, the central government says that this will be a big improvement in the agricultural sector and will help in increasing the income of farmers. But the protesting farmers fear that these laws will weaken the system of MSP and market and they will become dependent on big business houses.