‘Ready to discuss amendments, but won’t repeal farm laws’: Narendra Singh Tomar

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday asked the protesting farmers to tell the government what they want apart from repealing the farm laws. 

He said most of the farmers are in favour of the farm laws. 

“Most of the farmers and experts are in favour of farm laws. After the Supreme Court’s order, the laws can’t be implemented,” said Tomar.

He said he expects that the farmers will discuss the laws clause by clause in the next round of meeting on January 19 and tell the government what they want other than the repeal of the laws.

“The government is ready to bring amendments in the laws, as the laws are enacted for the whole country and many people in the country are happy with it,” he added.

The Minister said that the government had sent a proposal to the protesting farmers unions, “in which we agreed to address their apprehensions regarding mandis, traders’ registration and other things”.

The government had also agreed to discuss the laws on stubble burning and electricity but the farmers’ unions only want repeal of the laws, Tomar said.

The ninth round of talks between the Central government and the agitating farmers ended inconclusively on Friday. The two sides will meet again on January 19.

During the meeting, protesting farmer unions stuck to their demand for the repeal of three contentious farm laws.

This was the first meeting between the two sides after the Supreme Court order on January 12, which stayed the implementation of the three farm laws. The Court also formed a four-member committee to find a solution to the matter. 

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws on the borders of Delhi since November 26.