The Union ministers on Friday met with the farmers’ body from Punjab to discuss on the new agricultural laws that led to farmer unrest in the state and spreading to other places in India. Since the meeting ended inconclusive, the center has offered to hold more talks with them in the coming days to work out an amicable solution.
While addressing the media after the meeting, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that there is a huge gap between the demands of the farmers’ body and the government. He further said that it is unlikely that the matter is going to be resolved so soon. However, the government is willing to continue with the discussion until there is a consensus on the imbroglio.
Among those who were present in the meet held at Vigyan Bhavan included Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Som Prakash, MoS, Ministry of Commerce and Industries. The representatives of 29 farmers’ bodies from Punjab attended the meeting.
“The meeting was held in a harmonious atmosphere. After the farmers expressed their views and we explained the government’s stand, it came to our notice that there is a wide gap between their demands and the central government’s position. So I requested them to have more discussions on the matter,” Tomar said.
He revealed various issues related to farmers’ welfare were discussed at length during the interaction. “I assured them that the government of India is always committed to protect the interest of the farmers and open for discussions for their welfare.”
The ministers, during the meeting, told the farmers that procurement of farm produce on MSP and the Mandi system will continue as before. The ministers claimed that the new farm laws will encourage Mandis to provide better services to the farmers.
Tomar assured that the government is taking several steps for the welfare of the farmers with a specific focus on ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’, and the new farm laws would not only provide freedom of choice to the farmers to sell their produce at remunerative price, but also safeguard their interests.