Farmers and Government talks failed yet again, Next round of dialogue on 22 January

New Delhi: Amid the farmers’ warning of intensifying the protest and starting a tractor march on Republic Day, the 10th round of talks between farm Union leaders and the government ended with no conclusion yet again.

Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Railways, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Shri Piyush Goyal, and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash participated in the 10th round of talks with the representatives of 41 Farmers’ Unions in New Delhi.

As per the official release, Tomar said that the Government has proposed to the farmers’ Unions that the implementation of Farm laws should be kept on hold for a period of one to one and half years. During this time representatives of farmers’ Unions and the Government can discuss all issues related to the farmers’ agitation so that an appropriate solution can be arrived at.

The Agriculture Minister once again reiterated that the farm laws are going to bring about a revolutionary change in the life of farmers and the agriculture sector. The Government is committed to protecting the welfare of farmers and no one can take the farmers’ land away from them. The Minister appealed that clause wise discussion of the farm laws can take place for the talks to be meaningful, farmers’ Unions can also give alternatives other than the repeal of the laws. The Government is committed to continuing the dialogue process with an open mind and a pure intention, the release stated.

However, talks ended without any solid conclusion and the representatives of the farmers’ unions said that they will discuss the Government’s proposal in detail and will come for dialogue on 22nd January 2021.

Meanwhile, a meeting between senior police officers and farmers will take place on Wednesday amid the farmers’ Republic Day tractor rally. The Supreme Court of India has earlier told Delhi Police that it’s up to them what they want to do with the tracker rally of farmers on 26 January.