Farmers unions stick to demand of repealing farm laws

New Delhi: Protesting farmer unions stuck to their demand for a complete repeal of three contentious farm laws at their ninth round of talks with three Union ministers.

However, the government asked them to be more flexible in their approach and expressed willingness for necessary amendments, as the two parties decided to meet again on January 19.

Farmer leader Joginder Singh Ugrahan told reporters after the meeting that the unions urged the government to repeal the three laws, but the government was unwilling to do so.

"We decided to meet again on January 19 at 12 pm," he said.

Ugrahan said the union leaders also raised the issue of NIA raids on transporters in Punjab, who are supporting farmers' protests and were providing logistic support for the agitation.

At the meeting that lasted for nearly five hours, including a lunch break, farmers unions said they are committed to continuing holding direct talks to resolve the over-a-month-long deadlock over the farm laws, even as a committee has been formed by the Supreme Court to resolve the issue.

In his opening remarks, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged farmer leaders to be flexible in their approach as has been done by the government.

Besides Tomar, Railways, Commerce and Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash were part of the talks with around 40 farmers unions representatives. Asianet Online