Farmers Protest 2020, Indian Farmers Protest News Update: "The Government urged that if farmer unions give an option other than repealing, we will consider it. But no option could be presented, so the meeting was concluded and it was decided to hold next meeting on 15th January," Tomar said.
The eighth round of meeting between farmers and Centre today. (PTI)
2020 Indian Farmers Protest News Update: The eighth round of talks between farmers and Centre remained inconclusive with both sides sticking to their stated positions. After the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that discussion on the laws was taken up but no decision could be made. “The Government urged that if farmer unions give an option other than repealing, we will consider it. But no option could be presented, so the meeting was concluded and it was decided to hold next meeting on 15th January,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Head of Nanaksar Gurudwara Baba Lakha Singh met Tomar in Delhi. “People are losing lives; children, farmers, elderly men and women are sitting on road. Grief is unbearable. I thought it should be resolved somehow. So I met him (Agriculture Minister) today. Talks were good, we tried to find solution,” Baba Lakha Singh said. He further said that “we will have a new proposal and find out a solution to the matter”. “We will try to resolve it at the earliest. The minister assured me that he is with us in finding a solution,” he said.
The agriculture minister said that Lakha Singh was distressed that farmers were agitating in winter. “He conveyed to us farmers’ view, I presented the Government’s. I urged him to talk to Unions’ leaders. We didn’t approach him, he spoke to us out of his pain for farmers,” Tomar said.
Next round of talks will take place on January 15.
The Centre and the farmer unions have stuck to their respective positions — the agitating farmers yesterday took out tractor rallies to press their demand for rollback of new farm laws and the government asserted it is ready to consider any proposal other than their repeal. As both sides looked for a resolution to the over one-month-long deadlock, rumours about some states being allowed to opt out of the central laws started doing the rounds, but the agitating unions said they had not received any such proposal from the government. However, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar answered in the negative when he was asked by reporters if there was any proposal to give state governments the freedom to implement the new laws. Tomar, along with Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash, has been leading the government's negotiations with 40 protesting farmer union leaders. (PTI)