New Delhi: Amid ongoing protests seeking to repeal the new agrarian laws, farmers’ groups met the Union Cabinet for a fourth round on Thursday.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Punjab State Minister of State for Commerce Som Prakash are in talks with representatives of 35 farmers’ unions at the science capital of the nation’s capital. .
The meeting started at noon and the discussion was being held in a friendly atmosphere, the government said.
Negotiations between the two sides stalled on December 1 after farmers’ groups rejected the government’s suggestion of a new committee reviewing the problems farmers are protesting against the new laws.
The government has rejected the demand for repeal of the laws, urging farmers’ organizations to consider the specific issues pertaining to the newly enacted laws and submit them for consideration and debate on Thursday.
These laws, which came into effect in September, are presented as major improvements in agriculture by removing intermediaries and allowing farmers to sell anywhere in the country.
However, protesting farmers are fearful that the new laws will eliminate the minimum support price (MSP) and the safety cushion of the purchasing system, effectively demonstrating the knee-jerk system for various stakeholders in agriculture.
The Center demanded on Wednesday that it should call a special session of Parliament and repeal the new agrarian laws as it has threatened to block roads in Delhi and “fail to do so”.


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