‘Whatever they want to add and subtract …’: agriculture minister Tomar says hopeful farmers’ unions will discuss Center’s request
On a day when protests against the Center’s three agricultural laws entered the 28th, on Wednesday Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar once again expressed his hope for a solution, reiterating that the government was ready for a discussion at a time and date according to the “convenience” of the farmers’ unions.
“Through various schemes, we will fill all the gaps in the agricultural sector, which will benefit farmers and ensure they get the right price … Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw that work related to agriculture and agriculture was not affected, the ANI news agency quoted Tomar as citing. “I would also like to thank the banks, as they brought more than 1 crore of farmers under the coverage of Kisan Credit during the pandemic and gave farmers Rs 1 lakh crore in the last eight months. We have undertaken some reforms and we will bring them in the future, ”he added.
Tomar further said: “I am hopeful that the farmers’ unions will discuss our request. What you want to add and subtract from the government’s proposal, you should tell us. We are ready for a discussion at the date and time that is most convenient for you. I am hoping for a solution, ”Tomar said.
The union’s agriculture minister was referring to a proposal sent by the Center to farmers ‘unions on Sunday, offering to hold the sixth round of talks on a date and time of the unions’ choice. In total, five rounds of talks, including one on December 1, 3 and 5, have failed to break the deadlock between the two sides. While the Center is adamant that the laws will not be scrapped and has instead proposed amendments, the unions are adamant on a total repeal.
Farmers unions are scheduled to meet Wednesday and receive a call on the government’s proposal.