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‘Nothing for me to solve’: Punjab CM after meeting with Interior Minister Shah over farmers uproar


Punjab’s Chief Minister, Captain Amarinder Singh, met with Union Interior Minister Amit Shah on Thursday about ongoing farmer protests outside the national capital against the three controversial farm laws passed by the Center in September. Speaking to the media after the meeting, Singh said that talks were taking place between the Center and the farmers and that there was nothing to resolve.

“There is a discussion between the farmers and the Center, I have nothing to resolve. I reiterated my opposition in my meeting with the interior minister and asked him to resolve the problem, as it affects the economy of my state and the security of the nation, ”the ANI news agency quoted the chief minister of Punjab as saying.

In addition, Singh also announced compensation of five thousand rupees each to the families of two farmers, from Mansa and Moga districts respectively, who lost their lives during the ongoing protests, the Punjab Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said. it’s a statement.

The meeting between Shah and Singh took place on a day when the fourth round of talks between the government and protesting farmers is scheduled. The third round of talks, which took place on Tuesday, ended in a stalemate, when farmers’ representatives rejected the government’s proposal to form a panel to discuss the three laws.

Meanwhile, the Union’s agriculture minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, said he expects a positive outcome from talks with farmers: “The government is constantly discussing issues with farmers. Today is the fourth round of talks and I hope for a positive outcome, ”Tomar said after meeting with Interior Minister Shah.

The Center is making a big effort to end the protest against the recently enacted farm laws, which are opposed by peasant leaders. Just hours before talks with protesting farmers, Som Prakash, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, declared on Thursday that farmers are coming for dialogue because there is hope for a solution that is acceptable to both the government and farmers. and reiterated that the Center is It is clear that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will be maintained and is willing to give it in writing as well.

Of the three ministers who held hour-long discussions with farmers, Prakash is a native of Punjab and will be meeting with farmers today along with Agriculture Minister Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

The agricultural unions, which are leading the protests, said 40 leaders are present in Vigyan Bhawan to dialogue with the government.

“We are hopeful that the talks will be productive. If our demands are not met, farmers will take part in the Republic Day parade in Delhi, ”said farmer leader Rakesh Tikat.

Farmers protest against the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Farmers’ Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) on Price Guarantee and the Agricultural Services Act of 2020 and the Essential Products Act (Amendment ) of 2020.

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