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The Minister of Agriculture tells the farmers’ unions that the government promised to dialogue, welcomes comments: Sources | India News


NEW DELHI: Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar told farmers’ unions protesting against new farm laws on Saturday that the government is engaged in cordial talks, according to sources.
In his introductory remarks at the fifth round of meetings with 40 farmer groups, he also welcomed comments on the new farm laws, they said.
Talks between the government and protesting unions started in Vigyan Bhawan here around 2.30pm.
Currently, three central ministers, including Tomar, are holding talks with representatives of the unions.
The Minister of Railways, Trade and Food, Piyush Goyal, and the Minister of State for Commerce, Som Parkash, who is a deputy from Punjab, are also present at the meeting.
In his opening remarks, Tomar, who is leading the talks for the Center, said the government is committed to having “cordial” talks with farmers ‘leaders and has no intention of hurting farmers’ feelings, sources said. .
The agriculture minister welcomed the comments on the three farm laws, they said, adding that the agriculture secretary, Sanjay Agarwal, summarized the procedures of previous rounds of talks with farmers’ unions.
Both sides are currently discussing contentious issues such as the provision for dispute resolution and the registration of traders in private mandi proposed under the new laws, the sources said.
On Thursday, talks between union ministers and a representative group of thousands of agitated farmers yielded no resolution as union leaders stood firm in their demand for repeal of the new farm laws.
Farmers announced a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on December 8 on Friday and threatened to intensify their unrest and block more roads leading to the national capital if the government does not accept their demands.

Times of India