Farmer unions agree to Centre’s proposal for talks on December 30

Farmer unions agree to Centre’s proposal for talks on December 30
Farmers during their ongoing agitation against the new farm laws, at Ghazipur border in New Delhi, Monday.
NEW DELHI, DEC 28 | Publish Date: 12/28/2020 12:31:51 PM IST

 But firm on demand for repealing three Agricultural laws

Protesting farmer unions Monday agreed “in-principle” to a government proposal for holding the next round of talks on the new agricultural laws on December 30, but insisted the agenda of the meeting should include discussing modalities for repealing the three legislations. 

The farmers’ acceptance of the proposal came hours after the Centre sent them a letter suggesting December 30 as the date for the dialogue, against December 29 the protesting unions wanted. 

Abhimanyu Kohar, a member of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha -- an umbrella body of 40 unions protesting against the contentious legislations -- said the farmers have agreed to go for the meeting on the date proposed by the Centre.

“In our letter sent to the government on December 26, we had clearly mentioned that repeal of three farm laws and legal guarantee for MSP should be part of the agenda for fresh talks, but despite this, the government in letter today has not mentioned any specific agenda,” Kohar told PTI.

“But, we have agreed in-principle to hold talks with the government,” he said. The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) in a statement said the protesting farmers want the meeting to include four specific agendas including “modalities to be adopted for the repeal of the three Central farm Acts”. 

However, the government has used “vague and unspecific language”, indicating its willingness to discuss the full agenda items proposed by farmers, it alleged.  The government’s latest invite followed a proposal made by unions last week to hold the talks on Tuesday, December 29, on agenda including modalities for the repeal of the three laws enacted in September.

Kohar said the government proposing to hold the talks on December 30, instead of agreeing to farmers’ suggestion of December 29, exhibits the Centre wants show who is in command.

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