Govt cancels sixth round of talks with protesting farmers

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The Government has cancelled the crucial sixth round of talks with protesting farmers’ unions as farm leaders decline to attend the meeting on Wednesday. This comes after a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday night failed to break the deadlock.

The farmers are determined on their demand about the repealing of the three agriculture laws.

“Today’s meeting with farmer unions’ leaders has been cancelled,” a Union Agriculture Ministry’s spokesperson told PTI.

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday meet three groups of union leaders that included Hannan Mollah of the All India Kisan Sabha and Rakesh Tikait of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) but the meeting remained inconclusive.

As per reports, in the meeting, Shah had offered amendments to some of the provisions of the three farm laws in writing. But many farm leaders had said they will not attend Wednesday’s meeting and that they will take a call on their next course of action after studying the government’s written proposal on Wednesday.

However, there was no official confirmation whether the government has sent a written proposal to farmer unions on key amendments to some of the provisions of the three farm laws.

No breakthrough has been possible in the five rounds of talks so far as the protesting farmers have stuck to their demand for the repeal of the laws despite the government’s assurance to look into specific issues without abolishing the legislations.

In the previous meeting that was held on December 5, the Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assured that the government is open to considering ways to strengthen APMC mandis, create a level-playing field with proposed private markets, and provide a provision for approaching higher courts for dispute resolution while asserting that procurement at minimum support price (MSP) will continue.

But the protesting farmer unions’ leaders are insisting that the laws must be scrapped.

Following this on December 7, a group of 20 progressive farmers from Haryana submitted to the government a memorandum demanding that the government consider amendments as suggested by the protesting farmers unions but not repeal them.

Tomar had told these progressive farmers backing these legislations that these measures will benefit the peasantry and the agriculture sector and that the government will handle such agitations.

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