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Citing Covid, Tomar asks farmers to stop talking and come to talk | India News


NEW DELHI: Amid uncertainty about the fate of farm laws as the Supreme Court will enforce them, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday cited the rise in Covid infections and renewed his call to unions of farmers to suspend their agitation for the repeal of the laws, saying that “the government is ready to dialogue” on all contentious issues to find a solution.
Tomar suggested that the unions have been inconsistent in their statements, saying “Sabere kuch, sham me kuchh (something in the morning and something else at night).” He also pointed to the current surge in Covid cases asking farmers to follow safety protocols, saying their lives are precious to the nation.
The minister’s statements come in the context of the unions’ plan to intensify their agitation this month despite a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition to carrying out various protest programs in the next two weeks, the farmers’ unions have also planned to start a one-week program by completing 150 days of their movement at the Delhi borders on April 24, with the support of various labor and student organizations across the country. .
“We are now facing the second wave of pandemics. The entire nation and the world is following the Covid-19 protocols. Even protesting farmers should follow the protocols. His life is important to us, ”Tomar said in his video message, posted by his office. He also pointed out how the farmers’ protest on the Delhi border made life difficult for ordinary citizens.
Referring to the eleventh round of talks held on January 22, Tomar said the government had made an offer to suspend the implementation of the farm laws for 18 months and set up a committee to make suggestions on all issues, including the minimum price of support (MSP), but the farmers’ unions rejected it without citing any reason.
“We had told the agricultural unions to present their own proposal and we were ready to discuss that too … Ours is a democratic country, if anyone, be they farmers or citizens, has any doubts, the government believes that it is their responsibility. clear up those doubts and find a solution ”, said the minister.

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