Farmer’s Protest: 8th round of talks between Government and Farmers ends inconclusive, next round on 15 January

The Indian Express

New Delhi: Amid the farmer’s warning of intensifying the protests, the 8th round of talks between the Government and Farmers failed to reach any solid conclusion.

The Union government once again requested the Farmers’ Unions for point-wise discussion of suggested amendments to the Farm Laws. However, farm unions want three controversial farm laws to be revoked.

Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Railways, Commerce and Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Prakash participated in the 8th round of talks with the representatives of 41 Farmers’ Unions at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on Friday.

Narendra Tomar said that the Farm Laws have been made keeping in mind the benefits of farmers throughout the country. The government is concerned about farmers and wants the agitation to end but due to no solutions, forthcoming issues could not be resolved.

The Agriculture Minister said that the Farmers’ Unions have kept the agitation disciplined, this is praiseworthy. He said that the government is willing to continue discussions with an open mind, if the talks proceed, the possible solutions can be found logically.

The Farmers’ Unions have asked for a repeal of the laws, the government again suggested amendments. Despite lengthy discussions no solution emerged, therefore it was decided that the next round of talks will take place on 15th January 2021.

Farmers have threatened that, if their demands were not met, they will intensify the protest and march their tractors at Rajpath during the Republic Day parade.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court (SC) of India will hear petitions against farm reform laws on January 11.