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Centre welcomes SC ruling on farm laws; Will present its view to assigned panel: Tomar

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: In accordance with Supreme Court’s ruling on contentious farm laws and direction to resolve the issue with the court-mandated committee, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said that centre welcomes top court’s order and will present its views before the appointed panel when summoned by it.

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In an attempt to resolve the issue by dialogues, the ninth round of talks is scheduled for today’s meet with the representatives of protesting farmer unions where there would be a discussion on three farm laws and the government will try to settle the issue by dialogues, the Minister said.

“Between the last and this meeting, the Supreme Court gave a ruling. Government of India welcomes the Supreme Court’s ruling. When the Supreme Court-mandated committee calls the government, we will present our case,” claimed Tomar.

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The Union agriculture minister also asserted that if government and farmers decide to continue the dialogue, and could agree upon a date, then the next round of meeting will be scheduled.

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“In the meeting, if both parties agree, we will continue the discussions. Because the discussions are on between farmers and government and this date was decided earlier, we are still trying to find a solution via dialogue,” Tomar further added.

He also said that citizens have a responsibility to abide by the Supreme Court’s rulings.

To note, the apex Court on Tuesday had stayed the implementation of three farms laws until further orders and had formed a four-member committee. Till now, total eight rounds of talks between the Centre and the farmer unions have taken place which appears to be heading nowhere as the Centre ruled out repealing the contentious laws while the farmer leaders are adamant to fight till death stating their ‘ghar waapsi’ will happen only after ‘law waapsi’.

However, the ninth level talks are under process, farmers are still protesting on the different borders of the national capital. It has been more than 51 days that the farmers are staging protest against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 but neither the centre nore the farmer unions have come to any middle ground.

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