The ninth round of talks between Centre and representative of farmer unions protesting on Delhi borders against the three newly passed farm laws began at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi on Friday.
For more than 50 days now, thousands of farmers from various parts of India have gathered outside the national capital, protesting against three contentious laws. Despite multiple exchanges with the government, the deadlock persists, with the protesters insisting that the three farm laws be repealed. More recently the Supreme Court has put the farm laws on hold and formed a committee to facilitate talks.
But in light of recent events, the protesters don't seem to be holding out much hope. "We don't expect much, last round of talks with government failed and now they've got the opportunity to get help from court. I think government is not going to advance the discussions. There is no chance of further improvement on three farm laws," Hannah Mollah the General Secretary of the All India Kisan Sabha told news agency ANI on Friday.
"Govt needs to devise a plan to scrap the three laws and give legal guarantee for MSP," BKU Spokesperson Rakesh Tikait said as the representatives arrived at Vigyan Bhawan for talks.
Meanwhile, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh welcomed Supreme Court ruling on farmers' agitation and though the government is still trying to solve the issues with dialogue, however, it will present its case before the court-mandated committee when summoned by it.
"Between this meeting and last meeting, the Supreme Court's verdict came regarding farmers' protest. Government welcomes the Supreme Court order regarding the farmers' agitation. The government will put forth its views before the committee (appointed by the apex court) when we called. Because the discussions are on between farmers and government and this date was decided earlier, we are still trying to find a solution via dialogue," said the Union Minister.
When asked if the government will continue dialogue with farmers now that Supreme Court has formed a committee to resolve the issue, Tomar said that will depend on the outcome of today's meeting.
"The next date for the meeting will depend upon the outcome of the meeting. The date is decided after consent from both sides. And if both sides are ready to continue the dialogue then next date will be decided," he added.
The Supreme Court had on Tuesday stayed the implementation of three farms laws until further orders and formed a four-member committee.
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 against the three newly enacted farm laws - Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
(Inputs from ANI)