Mr Shah also said that if farmers want to hold discussions prior to December 3, they will have to shift their protests at a government-designated venue.
On Saturday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah 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.”
In a video message, Mr Shah said the Centre will hold talks with the agitating farmers’ unions on December 3 and if they want to hold discussions prior to the date, they will have to shift their protests at a government-designated venue.
“If farmers’ unions want to hold discussions before December 3 then, I want to assure you all, that as soon as you shift your protest to the structured place, the government will hold talks to address your concerns the very next day,” the Home Minister was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Earlier on Saturday, despite a ground being allocated to them in the capital’s outskirts to hold their protest against the farm laws that they want to be repealed, the majority of farmers chose to camp around the Delhi border. They refused to go to the outer Delhi venue and are camping at several places on the outskirts of the national capital. The agitating farmers, who’ve braved tear gas, water cannons and lathi-charge during their agitation, have said that they have enough essentials to continue their protests for up to six months. At least three highways that lead to Delhi remained blocked amid the protests.
“We’ve got food rations for six months. We’ll go back after getting rid of the black agriculture laws which are against farmers,” a protestor at Singhu border told news agency ANI.
“The government has always been ready to discuss issues with farmers. We have invited farmers’ organisations for another round of talks on 3rd December. I appeal to them to leave agitation in view of COVID-19 and winter,” agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar had earlier told ANI.