Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest Highlights: The talks between farm unions and Centre have ended with no breakthrough.
Farmers have been protesting against farm laws for over a month at the Singhu border.
2020 Indian Farmers Protest Live Update: The seventh rounds of talks between union leaders and Centre have ended with breakthrough. The farm union leaders stuck to their demand of withdrawal of laws but the Centre remained firm on its stand and proposed a panel to take the matter forward. Next round of talks will take place on January 8.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said he remains hopeful of a solution in the next meeting on January 8, but asserted that efforts need to be made from both sides for a solution to be reached (taali dono haathon se bajti hai).
According to PTI, the first hour of talks focussed only on the three laws and the other key demand of farmers for a legal guarantee to the MSP procurement system did not come up for discussions. Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait, who is participating in the meeting, told the news agency over the phone that the first hour of discussion remained focussed on the three laws. ‘Our demand is the repeal of the laws. We will not agree to any alternatives such as the setting of the committee,’ he said. Asked if there could be a concrete outcome from the meeting, Tikait said, ‘I don’t think so. They have to take back the laws for us to end the protest and go back to our homes.
As per ANI, West Bengal Chief Minister has said that her government will pass anti-farmer bill resolution in the West Bengal Assembly. Earlier, Kerala Assembly too had passed a resolution against the farm laws.