Government asks Farmers Unions to identify specific issues by Dec 2, to be discussed on Dec 3

The meeting between the agriculture minister and farmers’ representatives remained inconclusive on Tuesday.

Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash interacted with the representatives of Farmers Organizations of Punjab in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

The next meeting will be held on December 3.

The Ministers again explained the benefits of Farm Reform Acts to the representatives of the Farmers’ Unions. Various issues related to Farm Reform Acts were discussed at length and talks were held in a cordial atmosphere, according to the government statement.

The Agriculture Minister cordially welcomed the representatives of Farmers Organizations of Punjab and emphasized that the Government is fully committed towards the welfare of farmers and agriculture development is always on the top priority for the Government of India.

Narendra Singh Tomar said the meeting with representatives of farmers was good. He further suggested that the government was keen on a small group being formed but farmers’ leaders wanted that the talks should be held with everyone.

Piyush Goyal said that the government is sensitive to the needs of the farmers and is ready to find solutions through discussion on all subjects.

“Today in a third meeting with representatives of farmer unions, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, we had a meaningful discussion in a cordial environment. Our government is sensitive towards the farmers and is ready to find solutions through discussion on all subjects,” Goyal said.

“In this meeting, it was decided that all the subjects would be identified and further discussion on all those subjects would be carried forward on 3 December,” he added.

During the deliberations, the Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister proposed to constitute an expert committee to put forth the issues of farmers so as to resolve them with mutual consent but the representative of the Farmers Union suggested that all the representatives will attend further round of discussions with the Government to resolve the matter amicably.

During the interaction, it has been suggested by the Government to the representatives of Farmers Union to identify the specific issues related to Farm Reform Acts and share with the Government December 2 for consideration. These issues will be discussed during the fourth round of meeting to be held on Thursday.     

It was assured that the Government of India is always committed to protect the interest of farmers and is always open for discussions for farmers’ welfare, the statement said.