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The government asks agricultural leaders to reconsider the proposal to suspend three laws; Unions adhere to repeal the lawsuit | India News

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NEW DELHI: Farmers unions told the government on Friday that they want a complete repeal of three contentious farm laws, even as the Center asked them to reconsider their proposal to suspend the laws for 12-18 months as the two sides met. for its 11th round of talks to resolve the nearly two-month deadlock.
In the latest round of meetings on Wednesday, the government had offered to suspend the three laws and establish a joint committee to seek solutions. However, after internal consultations on Thursday, the farmers’ unions decided to reject the offer and abide by their two main demands: the repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP).
“We told the government that we will not agree to anything other than the repeal of the laws. But the minister asked us to return to discuss separately, rethink the matter and transmit the decision,” Farmers’ leader Darshan Pal told PTI, during a break after the first session.
BKU leader Rakesh Tikait said: “We clearly conveyed our position to the government that we want a repeal of the laws and not a suspension. The minister (Narendra Singh Tomar) asked us to reconsider our decision.”
Tikait said that farmer leaders are discussing this issue internally.
“After the lunch break, we will broadcast our decision,” he added.
The eleventh round of talks between the protesting farmers’ unions and the three central ministers began around 1 pm, but not much progress was seen in the first two hours of the meeting.
Together with the Union Minister of Agriculture, Tomar, the Minister of Railways, Trade and Food, Piyush Goyal, and the Minister of State for Commerce, Som Parkash, also participate in the talks with representatives of 41 farmers’ unions in Vigyan Bhawan here.
At a full general body meeting on Thursday, Samyukt Kisan Morcha, the body that brings together protesting unions, rejected the government’s proposal.
“The total repeal of three central agricultural laws and the enactment of legislation for a remunerative MSP for all farmers were reiterated as pending demands from the movement,” Morcha said in a statement.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at various border points in Delhi for more than a month against the three laws.
Farmer groups have argued that these laws will end the mandi and MSP procurement systems and leave farmers at the mercy of large corporations, even as the government has dismissed these apprehensions as out of place.
On January 11, the Supreme Court suspended the implementation of the three laws until further orders and appointed a four-member panel to resolve the impasse. The president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, Bhupinder Singh Mann, had withdrawn from the committee appointed by the supreme court.
Shetkari Sanghatana (Maharashtra) Chairman Anil Ghanwat and agricultural economists Pramod Kumar Joshi and Ashok Gulati, the other three members of the panel, began the consultation process with stakeholders on Thursday.

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