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It seems the government’s position on MSP will be fine, says the Bharatiya Kisan Union after meeting with the Center

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Talks between protesting farmers’ organizations and Union ministers made little progress on Thursday, Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesman Rakesh Tikait said after the seven-hour meeting concluded.

Speaking after the meeting, Tikait said that the government has given indications on the Minimum Support Price (MSP), one of the key demands of agitator farmers, “It seems that your position on the MSP will be fine,” Tikait said.

The problem is about the complete rollback of the laws, Tikait said as well. “Farmers want the laws repealed,” he added.

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The next round of talks will take place on December 5.

Thousands of farmers in Punjab and Haryana are protesting against three agricultural laws that were recently enacted during the monsoon session of Parliament in September. They are protesting the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Guarantee and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020 and the Essential Products (Amendment) Act 2020.

Farmers are demanding the total removal of the laws because they fear it will lead to the end of the Mandi system and it is only in the interests of large corporations. However, the government has so far rejected the claim.

However, the government has assured that such a thing would not happen. In the meantime, he had asked farmers’ agencies to identify specific problems that concerned them.

Thursday’s meeting was held between the leaders of 40 agricultural organizations and three central government ministers: Narendra Singh Tomar, together with the Minister of Railways, Food and Consumer Affairs, Piyush Goyal, and the Minister of State for Commerce, Som Prakash. Today’s Vigyan Bhavan meeting in Delhi is the fourth round of talks between the government and farmers.

The Center also offered to establish a committee to discuss the provisions of the laws. However, it has been rejected by the farmers’ unions. Instead, they have demanded a special session of parliament to repeal the laws.

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