Government wanted to have a point-by-point discussion on agrarian reform laws and amend the law, while the farmers’ organizations were for withdrawing them in toto
New Delhi: The eighth round of talks between farmers’ organizations and the government on Monday seeking to repeal three agrarian reform laws and legalize the minimum support price (MSP) of crops could not yield any result.
After nearly three hours of talks, farmer leader Rakesh Takat told reporters that the government wanted to have a point-by-point discussion on agrarian reform laws and amend the law, while the farmers’ organizations were for withdrawing them in toto. The next meeting between the government and the farmers will be held on 8 January.
Mr. Takait said that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar repeatedly insisted on a point-wise discussion on all the three laws, which created a deadlock. He said that the protests of the farmers’ unions would continue till the withdrawal of the three laws.
Farmers’ organizations have been protesting at the borders of the national capital for the last 40 days. Despite the rain for the last two days, their protest continues.
In previous negotiations, it was agreed between farmers and the government not to take subsidy on electricity rates and take action against farmers who burn the straw, but withdraw the agrarian reform laws and legalize the MSP.