Govt writes to farmers’ unions, again invites them for talks as per their ‘convenience’

The Union agriculture ministry on Thursday wrote to farmers’ unions, once more inviting them for the sixth round of talks at a “date and time of your choosing,” press agency ANI reported. The ministry’s letter came each day after the protesting farmers rejected its earlier proposal during this regard, saying that no negotiations will happen till the govt “draws up a replacement agenda.”

Govt writes to farmers’ unions, again invites them for talks as per their ‘convenience’
Demonstrators camped in protest against new farm laws, at the Ghazipur border (Delhi-Ghaziabad) protest site, in New Delhi, India on Wednesday December 23, 2020.

The Union agriculture ministry on Thursday wrote to farmers’ unions, once more inviting them for the sixth round of talks at a “date and time of your choosing,” press agency ANI reported. The ministry’s letter came each day after the protesting farmers rejected its earlier proposal during this regard, saying that no negotiations will happen till the govt “draws up a replacement agenda.”



The letter, signed by Vivek Aggarwal, joint secretary within the agriculture ministry, mentioned the letter sent by the farmers’ unions to the govt on Wednesday, rejecting its earlier proposal. The letter reiterated the government’s commitment to succeed in “logical solutions” to all or any the problems raised by the protesting farmers. adding that it had been crucial for the govt to stay negotiations open with various farmers’ organisations of the country. “The government has, respectfully and with open mind, held several rounds of talks and has also proposed to carry subsequent round of talks at your convenience,” the letter further stated.

It also talked about various objections raised by the farmers’ unions, including on the Minimum Support Price (MSP), and therefore the points discussed between the 2 sides in five rounds of meetings so far , including one each on December 1, 3 and 5. “I would once more wish to stress that the govt has spoken to you with open mind on the problems raised by you and is prepared to try to to so in future also . Please allow us to know the date and time, as convenient to you, for subsequent round. The discussion will happen at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, with a ministerial-level committee,” the letter concluded, quoting Aggarwal as saying.

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The government had earlier written to the farmers’ unions on Sunday, inviting them for the sixth round of talks as per their convenience. The anti-farm law protests entered day 29 on Thursday.

Earlier within the day, a delegation of three Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, met President Ram Nath Kovind, seeking his intervention to repeal the three laws. Several other Congress leaders, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were detained by the Delhi Police as they tried to march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan despite permission being granted to only three party leaders to satisfy the President.(Asianewsera)