Govt ready to hold farm laws for 1 to 1.5 years; next round of talks on Jan 22

Farmer unions and the Central government on Wednesday held the tenth round of talks over the three farm laws during which the government proposed to put farm laws on hold for one and half years .

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the Government has proposed to the farmers’ Unions that the implementation of Farm laws should be kept on hold for a period of one to one and half years. During this time representatives of farmers’ Unions and the Government can discuss all issues related to the farmers’ agitation so that an appropriate solution can be arrived at. During the talks the representatives of the farmers’ unions said that they will discuss the Government’s proposal in detail and will come for dialogue on January 22.

“During discussions, we said that the government is ready to put on hold the farm laws for one or one and half year, I’m happy that farmer unions have taken this very seriously and said that they would consider it tomorrow and convey their decision on January 22,” Tomar said.

Tomar said that talks are progressing in the right direction and there is a possibility of finding a resolution on Friday.

Farmer unions remained firm on their demand for the repeal of the farm laws but decided to discuss tomorrow and deliberate over it.

“The government said that it is ready to file an affidavit in the court to the effect that it would put the implementation of the laws on hold for a year and a half,” Hannan Mollah, All India Kisan Sabha general secretary, said after the meeting. 

The Agriculture Minister once again reiterated that the farm laws are going to bring about revolutionary change in the life of farmers and in the agriculture sector. The Government is committed to protecting the welfare of farmers and no one can take the farmers’ land away from them. 

The Minister appealed that clause wise discussion of the farm laws can take place for the talks to be meaningful, farmers’ Unions can also give alternatives other than repeal of the laws. The Government is committed to continuing the dialogue process with an open mind and a pure intention

The next round of the meeting will take place on January 22.