‘Conversations will take place on all topics; I hope the agricultural unrest ends today ‘: Union Minister Som Prakash
With all eyes on the sixth round of talks between the Center and protesting farmers, which will take place this afternoon, Union Minister Som Prakash said he hopes the talks will be decisive and that the ongoing agitation against all three agricultural reforms end today. He added that talks will take place on all issues, including the Minimum Support Price (MSP) policy, which has been the turning point of the protest.
Prakash is one of the three representatives of the Center who have been holding talks with farmers, the other two being Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
Speaking to the ANI news agency, Prakash said: “We hope that the talks will be decisive. Conversations on all topics, including MSP, will be held with open hearts. I hope the farmers’ upheaval ends today. ”Prakash, along with Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar, and Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal, have been part of the negotiations with various farmer groups from the beginning of the stagnation.
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Meanwhile, Sukhwinder Singh Sabra, Deputy Secretary of the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee (Punjab) told ANI that today’s meeting will not lead to any solution and also demanded the removal of the three laws passed by Parliament in September.
“There have been five rounds of talks between farmers and the government. We do not believe that we will reach a solution even today. All three agricultural laws should be repealed, ”he said.
Today’s meeting comes after agriculture secretary Sanjay Agrawal wrote to agricultural leaders on Monday in response to their email on December 26 in which they had agreed to restart dialogue. On Tuesday, Ministers Tomar and Goyal had met with the Union Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah.
Five rounds of talks between the Center and farmer groups have been held and have been inconclusive. While the government hopes for an early solution to end the stalemate and has proposed several amendments, including a written guarantee on MSP, protesting farmers have maintained that they would only leave the protest sites once the laws are repealed.
(With contributions from the agency)