New Delhi: The eleventh round of talks between the Centre and protesting farmers’ unions on Friday failed to make any breakthrough as both the sides refused to change their stand. The date for next meet has also not been fixed yet.
“We gave a proposal to farmers regarding the suspension of the laws and if they have a better proposal, then they can come to us,” the Central government said after the talks.
Where the government offered them a temporary suspension of 12-18 months on the three farm acts, farmers stuck to their previous stand, demanding a complete withdrawal of the contentious laws. After the talks concluded, the minister said that they are ready for another round of meeting if the farmers wish to discuss the temporary suspension.
Convincing farmers to reconsider the offer, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar asked the farmers to think again of proposal of holding the Acts for 12-18 months.
“There are no issues with the laws. But the government has offered to suspend them as a mark of respect towards the farmers,” said Tomar, thanking the unions for their cooperation.
Furthermore, despite of Delhi Police deterrence, the farmer leaders have announced that the proposed tractor rally will take place according to their schedule on Republic Day in the national capital.
The farmers also expressed dismay as they were kept waiting for over three hours by the union ministers after the lunch break got over. The farmers and ministers parted ways at around 1:15 pm when the government told the agrarians that they should hold another meeting to reconsider the Centre’s proposal.
After this, both the sides took a lunch break, following which the Union Ministers took more than three hours to return to meeting.
“The meeting may have lasted for nearly five hours, but two sides sat face-to-face for less than 30 minutes,” said farmer leaders after the meeting concluded.
Talking about taking the protest further the farmers’ side said that their agitation will continue peacefully.
“The minister made us wait for three and a half hours. This is an insult to farmers. When he came, he asked us to consider the government’s proposal and said that he is ending the process of meetings,” said SS Pandher, the representative of Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (KMSC).