Govt Always Open to Talks with Farmers’ Unions to Talk About New Laws: Agriculture Minister Tomar

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The federal government on Tuesday said it will remain open to conversations with protesting farmers’ unions to deal with problems over three brand-new agriculture laws gone by Parliament in September last year. In composed replies to Lok Sabha on a number of questions related to farmers’ demonstration, Farming Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government had so far held 11 rounds of settlements talks with agitating farmers’ unions to resolve the issues.

“The federal government has been taken part in severe, delicate and active discussions with the farmers’ unions to fix the issues. Throughout various rounds of conversations, federal government constantly asked for the farmers’ unions to discuss the arrangements of the farm laws, so that if there is an objection to any arrangement, the development can be made towards resolution of those,” the minister stated. But the farmers’ unions insisted only on the repeal of the farm laws, he included.

“Government is always open to conversation with farmers’ unions and will stay open to conversation with agitating farmers to fix the issue,” Tomar said. In all the rounds of discussions with the farmers’ unions, the minister said the federal government had worried that rather of demanding the need for the repeal of the laws, the unions need to go over about their issues on the stipulations of farm Acts so that their issues can be resolved.Thousands of farmers

, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi’s borders for more than seven months in protest against the 3 laws that they say will end state procurement of crops at MSP( Minimum Support Rate ). Supreme Court has actually postponed the application of the three laws till further orders and set up a committee to discover solutions.During the 10th round of talks hung on January 20, the Centre had provided to suspend the laws for 1-1.5 years and form a joint committee to discover services in return for protesting farmers going back to their respective homes from Delhi’s borders. The farmers’unions have actually been agitating versus the three laws– ‘The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce(Promotion and Assistance) Act, 2020 ′,’ The Farmers(Empowerment and Protection)Arrangement On Rate Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 ‘and ‘The Essential Commodities (Modification)Act, 2020. The demands of agitating farmers’unions are reversing the three farm laws, keeping farmers outside the penalty provision on straw burning under Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Locations Regulation, 2020, withdrawing the proposed Electricity(Change)Costs, 2020, and issues-related to procurement at Minimum Assistance Cost(MSP ).”Giving leading priority to the interest of farmers, government vide letter dated 9th December, 2020 resolved to farmers’unions, discussed point by point, how the issues expressed by the farmers were being looked after in the proposition of the Federal government of India.”Federal government also proposed to make up a small group consisting of agent of farmers’ unions, who can deliberate on farm laws clause-wise in a time-bound manner and can likewise consider other issues connected to farmers, which representatives of farmers ‘unions have actually not concurred. However, farmers ‘unions never ever consented to talk about the farm laws other than for demanding their repeal,”Tomar said.The minister said these laws are meant to offer a community where the farmers can take pleasure in the flexibility of option relating to sale of farmers’fruit and vegetables which facilitates advantageous rates to farmers through competitive option channels for offering their fruit and vegetables.

“These farm Acts will facilitate direct purchasing from farmers in trade location by traders, processors, exporters, Farmer Manufacturer Organizations (FPOs ), agriculture co-operative societies etc., so as to help with farmers with better rate realisation due to reduction in supply chain and

marketing expense to boost their income,”he added.Read all the Latest News, Breaking News and Coronavirus News here Published at Tue, 20 Jul 2021 06:43:22 -0500