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Centre reiterates willingness to engage with farmers over farm laws

New Delhi: The Centre on Tuesday reiterated its willingness to engage in negotiations with the agitating farmers over the contentious farm laws to resolve the differences.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said the government has strived for a resolution during the 11 round of negotiations held so far with the farmers, especially on the provisions on which there are differences. However, the talks have remained inconclusive. Tomar made his statement in a written in Lok Sabha.

The Minister’s remark came against the backdrop of the ongoing protest by the farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, demanding the repealing of the three laws. The protest have dragged on for seven months now. The main contention of the agitating farmers is that the laws will end state procurement of crops at MSP and eliminate the mandi system.

“The government has been engaged in serious, sensitive and active discussions with the farmers’ unions to resolve the issues. During the various round of discussion, the government continuously requested the farmers’ unions to discuss the provisions of the farm law so that if there is any objections to the provisions, the advancement can be made towards resolution of those” the Minister said in his written reply.

He also added that “the government is always open to discussions with farmers’ union and will remain open to discussion with the agitating farmers’ to resolve the issues”.

The Supreme Court had earlier this year, in its order, had kept the three laws in abeyance and set up an expert committee to hammer out a solution.

Tomar said the government had also proposed to constitute a small group comprising representative of farmers’ unions to deliberate the laws threadbare. The farmers, however, rejected the proposal.

“These farm acts will facilitate direct buying from farmers by traders, processors, exporters, Farmer Producer Organisations, agriculture cooperative societies so as to facilitate farmers with better price realisation due to reduction in supply chain and marketing cost to enhance their income,” the Minister said.

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