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Farmers Reject Centre’s Offer For Panel To Discuss Farm Laws

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had offered to form the panel with representatives of farmers and union ministers as members, however, farmers turned down the offer. 

After three ministers held deliberations with representatives of farmers and suggested the formation of a panel to sort out the differences over farm laws, the farmers have turned down the offer calling it a “death warrant”, as per sources. Agriculture minister Narendra Tomar, his cabinet colleague Piyush Goyal and junior industry minister Som Prakash have held talks with the 35-member team of farmers. The meeting, at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan, started shortly after 3 pm.

As per sources, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had offered to form the committee with representatives of farmers and union ministers as members, however, jathebandis said that the time for formation of the committee is over and they now want a concrete decision on their issues

The farmers, earlier today, had said they have agreed to attend the talks as the government called them without any precondition. “We’ll demand the new laws be repealed and law be brought on MSP. If the government doesn’t agree, the protests will continue,” Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Jagjit Singh Dallewal had said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, on Saturday, had reached out to thousands of farmers who have been camping in and outside Delhi to protest against the farm laws passed by the Centre recently and said:  “The government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers.”

However, farmers rejected Home Minister Amit Shah’s offer for a discussion on their grievances. The farmers rejected the offers saying it was a conditional one, as the minister had said they should move their protest to a designation spot in the national capital if they agreed to talks.

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