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Farmers’ Protest Day 6: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar Invites Agitators For Talks Today, Instead of December 3

Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that when the Agricultural Law was introduced, it created some misunderstanding among the farmers. 

 

New Delhi| The central government has made another attempt to break the deadlock with farmer organizations agitating against the new agricultural laws. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has invited the leaders of farmer organizations for talks today instead of December 3. The union minister’s proposal came after discussions with senior BJP leaders. Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three agricultural laws of the central government on the border of Delhi for the last five days.

The agitating farmers said that they would not accept the conditional negotiations. They also warned that they will close all five entryways to the national capital. Farmers are apprehensive about the new agricultural laws that it will end the minimum support price. However, the govt has assured that the new laws won’t affect MSP. Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that keeping in mind the coronavirus and cold, the govt has decided to invite the leaders of farmer unions to come for discussion before the meeting of December 3. This meeting has been called today at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi at 3 pm.

The Union Minister said that when the Agricultural Law was introduced, it created some misunderstanding among the farmers. “We had two rounds of talks with farmer leaders on 14 October and 13 November. At that time also we had urged them not to go for the agitation and the government is ready for talks,” Tomar said. All the farmer leaders involved in the meeting held on 13 November have also been invited this time. The meeting aims that concerns of farmers arising out of three new agricultural laws can be removed.

As farmers continue to protest against the new agricultural laws, the BJP has made a special appeal to them. The party said that there should be no ‘misunderstanding’ about these reforms. BJP leader and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, in a series of tweets, denied criticism of these laws on behalf of some farmer organizations and opposition parties. He said that the new agricultural laws do not abolish the Agricultural Produce Market Committee mandis. The mandis will continue to operate as before. The new law gave farmers freedom to sell their crops anywhere. Whoever gives the best price to the farmers, will be able to buy the crop whether it is in the market or outside the market.

 

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