NEW DELHE, JANUARY 4, 2021: The farmers meeting with the Centre govt on Monday yet again remained inconclusive. The meeting ended without any outcome on the main issue, that is repealing the three farm laws.
Both the parties are now said to meet on January 8 for the next round of talks.
“Farmers spoke only about repeal. The government said they will consult further and get back. The next meeting on January 8,” union leaders said in the meeting.
Farmer unions will have their meeting tomorrow to decide the future course of action, they said.
The government is not interested in resolving the issue, said farmer leaders.
“Union ministers are saying the same thing again and again. We will hold a meeting tomorrow to decide our course. We will not go home, till the time the laws are repealed,” Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait said.
Sources said the government offered a joint committee on MSP (Minimum Support Price).
Rakesh Tikait said, “Our demand is the repeal of the laws. We will not agree to any alternatives such as the setting of the committee.”
Meanwhile, over 50 farmers have been ‘martyred’ during the agitation. Some farmers reportedly succumbed to extreme weather conditions while some died by suicide.
The Centre government and farmer leaders have held talks for at least seven times now — all remained inconclusive.
Farmers have been protesting at different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws.
The three Farm laws are — Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.