NEW DELHI: Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar met with Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday to discuss further measures after peasant leaders rejected the Center’s draft proposal to amend the new agricultural laws, sources said.
In its proposal, which was circulated among leaders on Wednesday, the government moved to amend issues 7-8, including a written promise of a minimum support price. It has called on protesting farmers to end the agitation that has been going on for about two weeks now at various border points in the nation’s capital.
It is believed that the Agriculture Minister has discussed the possibility of ending the disturbance with the Home Minister after the agricultural societies rejected the government’s draft proposal.
Railway, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal was also present at the meeting.
After a meeting with the Shah on Tuesday night, a group of select agriculture leaders made it clear that they would not accept any amendments and would continue to protest if the government did not repeal all three agricultural laws.
Speaking to PTI, Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of the Indian Kisan Union (Dacunda), said, “We have rejected the government’s proposal.
However, farmer leaders are open to dialogue, Singh said. “If the government invites, we will come to the meeting, but we must meet our demands. This is a huge movement. We cannot return to our villages with empty hands,” he said.


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