Centre welcomes NCP chief Sharad Pawar stand on 'amend farm laws instead of scrapping completely'
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The central government welcomed NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's statement about altering and removing controversial portions of the Centre's farm laws instead of rejecting them completely.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said that the Centre is willing to reconsider the areas that seem problematic to farmers who have been agitating for over six months

According to government news channel Doordarshan, Pawar called for the need to make certain amendments in three Farm Laws, asserting that they need not be rejected in their entirety.

"I welcome this statement of the former agriculture minister. I'd like to tell him that the Central government agrees with him. We have discussed this with the farmer union eleven times", Tomar told ANI today.

"The central government hopes this matter will be resolved through discussions and this agitation ends and all farmers return to their homes. The government of India is willing to reconsider with an open mind the issues that seem problematic", Tomar said.

Sharad Pawar, on Thursday, had emphasised the need for a dialogue between the central government and the agitating farmers. “There is a deadlock between the central government and farmers. That is why they are still sitting there. The centre should have a dialogue with them", he noted.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at Delhi’s borders for more than six months now in protest against the three laws that they say will leave them at the mercy of big corporates and end the MSP regime. The farmers have been protesting against three agricultural laws passed last year: the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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