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  News   Nation  24 Feb 2021  Govt ready to talk with farmers on 3 laws: Tomar

Govt ready to talk with farmers on 3 laws: Tomar

ROZANA SPOKESMAN
Published Feb 24, 2021, 5:06 pm IST
Updated Feb 24, 2021, 5:06 pm IST
The government is ready to resume talks with protesting farmers if they respond to its offer to put the three contentious farm laws on hold
Narendra Singh Tomar
 Narendra Singh Tomar

New Delhi: The government is ready to resume talks with protesting farmers if they respond to its offer to put the three contentious farm laws on hold for one-and-a-half year and work out the difference during that time through a joint committee, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Wednesday.

Speaking on the sidelines of an event here, Tomar said the government is committed towards the interest of farmers and agriculture, and under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it is making efforts to double farmers' income and strengthen the Indian agriculture sector.

Narendra Singh TomarNarendra Singh TomarThe minister was replying to a query on Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait threatening to march to the Parliament on 40 lakh tractors if laws are not repealed.

Whether the government is making any effort to resume talks with unions, Tomar said, "Bharat sarkar kisano se puri samvedana ke saath charcha karti rahi hai. Aaj bhi jab unka koi mat aayega, toh Bharat sarkar hamesha kisano ke saath charcha karne ko taiyaar hai (The government has been holding discussions with farmers sympathetically. Even today, whenever their response comes, the government is always ready to hold talks)."

Farmers' protestFarmers' protest

In the 11th round of talks held on January 22, the government's negotiations with 41 farmer groups hit a roadblock as the unions squarely rejected the Centre's proposal to put three contentious laws on hold and form joint committee to find solutions.

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