Govt, farmers talks fail to make headway; next meeting on Dec 9

New Delhi: As talks between the govt and the farmer unions remained inconclusive for the fifth time, the government on Saturday sought time from unions to present a concrete proposal and proposed another meeting on December 9.

During the meeting, the farmers union went on a 'vow of silence' and sought a reply in ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on their key demand of repealing the three new farm laws.

They also threatened to walk out if the government was not willing to scrap the laws.

Union leaders said they do not want anything less than the complete repeal of the laws, which they claim are the laws meant to end the 'mandi system' and minimum support price procurement system to give for benefits of corporates.

During the meeting, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also appealed to the union leaders to send back the elderly, women and children to their homes from the protest sites and assured that farmers procurement at minimum support price will continue.

Thousands of farmers are protesting on various borders of the national capital since November 26, seeking repeal of three farm laws enacted in September. Asianet Online