New Delhi: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday urged the protesting farmers to leave the agitation and come for talks with the government over the three farm laws. Tomar added that farmers across India have a positive response to the three farm laws.
“I want to tell through you (media) that farmers should leave the path of protest and come for dialogue. We are ready for talks if they come with issues in the bills,” he told reporters.
A group of 200 farmers is protesting at Jantar Mantar during the Monsoon Session of the Parliament after getting permission from Delhi’s Lt Governor Anil Baijal,
“…If they come with their proposal, we are ready to discuss,” he told reporters.
Tomar assured that the government was sensitive towards the issue of the farmers and claimed that during the tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi major steps have been taken in the agriculture sector, the benefits of which are reaching cultivators across the country.
“The three farm bills are also a step in this direction. Farmers across the country have favoured the bills,” he added.
While replying to a question on Lok Sabha on Wednesday, he said that the government was ready for talks with the farmers over the three farm laws.
“The government has been engaged in serious, sensitive, and active discussions with the farmers’ unions to resolve the issues. During various rounds of discussions, the government continuously requested the farmers’ unions to discuss the provisions of the farm laws, so that if there is an objection to any provision, the advancement can be made towards a resolution of those,” the minister had said.
However, the farmer’s unions are adamant the laws should be repealed.
They have protested against this at several borders of the national capital since November 26, 2020.
Several rounds of talks have taken place between the leaders and the government but a consensus is yet to be reached.
With inputs from PTI