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LIVE updates from farmers’ protest | ‘Any problems could be solved through talks,’ Vice President Naidu tells agitated farmers

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The farmers’ protest entered the 29th on Thursday as the stalemate between the government and farmers continued. A meeting was held on Wednesday with about 100 agricultural leaders, during which they decided to continue their protests until the government repeals controversial agricultural laws that aim to liberalize the agricultural economy. They also decided not to resume negotiations until the Center drafts a new agenda.

Meanwhile, the Union’s agriculture minister, Narendra Singh Tomar, said that agricultural unions should come to the talks and that thousands of farmers sleeping out in the cold was a “matter of deep concern” for the government.

The agricultural unions also sent a letter to the Ministry of Agriculture asking the government to present “something concrete in writing” rather than “just repeating proposals and amendments”. “You should offer something concrete in writing so that we can make that the basis of our agenda to resume the dialogue process,” he said.

Experts said that this practically crushes hopes that negotiations will restart soon.

The confrontation between the Union government and farmers continues over the approval of new legislation to open the country’s agricultural sector to private investment, a measure that, according to the government, will allow farmers to obtain better income and modernize the sector agricultural. Farmers say the reforms will leave them at the mercy of private corporations.

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Vice President urges farmers to resume dialogue

Interacting with a group of progressive farmers on the occasion of Kisan Diwas at his residence in Hyderabad, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that any issue could be resolved through talks, adding that the government has already stated that they are always ready for dialogue. with farmers’ organizations.

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