Centre will resume talks if farmers agree on suspension of laws: Tomar

NEW DELHI, FEB 24 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/24/2021 12:53:16 PM IST

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday said the Centre was ready to resume talks with farmer unions on the three new agriculture laws but only if they respond to the government’s offer to put the legislation on hold for 18 months, PTI reported. Tomar said that the differences between the Centre and farmer bodies can be resolved through a joint committee.

The minister was briefing the media at an event to mark the completion of two years of the Centre’s flagship PM-KISAN scheme, under which eligible farmers are provided cash support of Rs 6,000 annually. Responding to a query on farmer leader Rakesh Tikait’s announcement of a march of 40 lakh tractors to the Parliament, Tomar said that the Centre was sensitive towards the farmers’ demands, PTI reported.

“The government of India has always held discussions with farmers with a lot of sensitivity,” he said. “Even today, whenever their response comes, the government is always ready to hold talks.”

The talks between farmers and the Centre have been in the state of stalemate since the eleventh round of meeting on January 22. In that meeting, the Centre had asked the farmer bodies to consider its proposal on the temporary suspension of the implementation of the farm laws. Prior to that, on January 20, the farmers rejected the Centre’s proposal to suspend implementation of the three agricultural laws for 1.5 years, and stuck to their demand of repealing the laws.

Will march to Parl if farm laws not repealed: Tikait
IANS: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait has said that the farmers would march to the Parliament if the three agricultural laws are not taken back.
Tikait told IANS that “A call would be made for taking farm protests to the Parliament.”
He claimed that farmers would do farming on the lawns located near Parliament and when the crop would mature, the government could analyse the financial yield of the crop.
He further said that a Parliamentary Standing Committee should be formed and monitor this and then the government would get to know about the gains and losses related to it.
Tikait said that the movement would spread to other states such as Telangana, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka.
Tikait also warned the Centre that if the demands on the three controversial laws are not met, then 40 lakh tractors would join the farmers’ agitation.
“Whenever the need arises, 40 lakh tractors would become a part of the movement,” Tikait said.


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