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Center to hold more talks with Punjab farmers on new farm laws: Narendra Singh Tomar | India News


NEW DELHI: Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said on Friday that the Center will hold another round of discussions with Punjab farmers protesting against the new agricultural laws amid differences on certain issues.
He also said that train services will resume after the state government and protesting farmers’ unions ensure the safety of the tracks.
Tomar and Union Minister of Food, Trade and Railways Piyush Goyal held a one-day meeting with representatives of various farmer unions in Vigyan Bhawan here.
This meeting comes a month after the union agriculture secretary’s discussion with Punjab farmers in the national capital was inconclusive. Farmers’ organizations had held a march demanding talks at the ministerial level.
It also comes before another planned protest under the banner of the All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) in Delhi on November 26 and 27 against the three new agricultural laws enacted by the central government.
“We argued for long hours. The discussion took place in a cordial atmosphere. But there were differences in the government’s opinion on their affairs (from the farmers). But we have told (them) that this discussion will continue,” said Tomar to journalists.
He said, however, that Punjab farmers have been assured that the new agricultural laws will have no impact on the acquisitions of the MSP and the mandi system.
“APMC mandi will be there in Punjab and the purchase of MSP will continue there,” he said, adding that the acquisition of rice this season from kharif in Punjab has been significant.
Stating that the Center is committed to purchasing MSP, Tomar said it has acquired around 273.35 lakh tonnes of rice at the Minimum Support Price (MSP) so far this kharif season, of which Punjab has only contributed 192.04 lakh tons.
On the movement of trains to Punjab, Tomar said: “The railway minister at the meeting said that the trains will be resumed after the state government ensures the safety of the tracks. The Punjab government and farmers have to think about this. topic”.
Modi’s government suspended the movement of freight trains to Punjab on October 24, citing the blockade.
In a separate statement, the Agriculture Ministry said: “The talks were conducted in a cordial atmosphere and both sides agreed to continue further discussions.”
Reporting on reforms made in the agricultural sector to empower farmers, Tomar at the meeting highlighted that agriculture is always one of the government’s top priorities to boost the rural economy.
“The new agricultural laws would not only give farmers freedom of choice to sell their products at a remunerative price, but would also protect the interests of farmers,” he said.
Tomar also mentioned that the Center is taking various measures for the welfare of farmers with a specific focus on ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’ (Self-sufficient India).
However, sources said that despite a one-day discussion, the central government was unable to reach an agreement as Punjab farmers insisted on their main demand which was to repeal the laws and give legal backing to the purchase of MSP. .

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