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Farmer-govt meet: Stalemate continues; next meet on Jan 19

Farmer-govt meet: Stalemate continues; next meet on Jan 19
‘Nihangs’ ride a tractor during the ongoing stir at Singhu border.
NEW DELHI, JAN 15 | Publish Date: 1/15/2021 11:31:16 AM IST

The government on Friday asked protesting farmers to form an informal group to prepare a concrete proposal about their objections and suggestions on the three farm laws for further discussion at their next meeting on January 19, but unions stuck to their main demand of a complete repeal of the three Acts.

As nearly five hours of talks between 41 unions and three central ministers did not reach a decisive stage in the ninth round of talks at Vigyan Bhawan, the two sides decided to meet again the next Tuesday.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told farmer leaders that the government has been flexible in its approach and urged the same from them. Incidentally, the tenth round of talks has been scheduled for a day when a Supreme Court-appointed committee to resolve the impasse is also likely to hold its first meeting. A day before that, the apex court is likely to hear a petition against a tractor rally call given by protesting farmers for the Republic Day on January 26. After the meeting, Tomar told reporters that two separate deliberations can run parallelly as the farmer unions want to continue their talks with the government and the court-appointed panel has also been set up with an aim to resolve the crisis.

 

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