NEW DELHI: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said the government was committed to a friendly dialogue on Saturday in protest against the new agricultural laws.
In his introductory remarks at a fifth-round meeting with groups of 40 farmers, he said he welcomed the feedback on the new agricultural laws.
Talks between the government and protest unions began at the Science Hall here around 2.30 pm.
The three Union ministers, including Tomar, are currently in talks with union representatives.
Railway, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Punjab MP for state commerce Som Prakash also attended the meeting.
In his opening remarks, Tomar, who spearheaded the center’s talks, said the government was committed to “friendly” dialogue with peasant leaders and was not intended to hurt farmers’ attitudes.
The Agriculture Minister welcomed the comment on three agricultural laws, he said, and Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal summarized the proceedings of previous rounds of talks with farmer associations.
Sources said both sides are currently discussing controversial issues such as dispute resolution under new laws and the registration of traders in targeted private knees.
On Thursday, talks between the Union minister and a delegation of thousands of agitating farmers failed to deliver any resolution, as union leaders stuck to the demand for repeal of the new agricultural laws.
Farmers announced the ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Friday, December 8, threatening to intensify their agitation and block most roads leading to the national capital if the government does not respond to their demands.


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