No bargain on farm front at WTO, Nath assures Left

New Delhi, Nov 19 | Updated: Nov 20 2005, 06:58am hrs
The government on Saturday said it would not allow the developed world to force India to compromise on issues of its national interest during the ongoing world trade negotiations or at the WTO Hong Kong ministerial next month.

The assurance was given by commerce minister Kamal Nath to leaders of Left parties.

The objectives are common... There is no divergence of opinion between us and the Left parties, but they expressed some concerns, the minister said after the meeting, which lasted four hours.

Mr Nath also made it clear that there would be no bargain over agriculture for any gain in other sectors at the WTO and interests of poor farmers would be safeguarded at any cost. However, the Left expressed concern over the multinationalisation of the sectors like education and health.