Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar said that the ninth round of talks between the protesting farmers’ organizations and the government will take place as per the schedule and the discussion will be positive. Tomar told reporters that “the government is ready to have open-minded dialogue with peasant leaders.”
Tomar said on January 15 between government and peasant representatives that the Supreme Court appointed a four-member committee to address deadlock, alleviating the confusion of the ninth round of negotiations and then separating one member.
Farmer organizations have said they are willing to negotiate with the government. But, he does not want to appear before a committee appointed by the Supreme Court. Farmer organizations said they were worried about committee members and that its members had previously advocated these three laws.
Earlier in the day, Indian Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann said he was separated from a four-member committee formed by the Supreme Court to resolve the dispute between farmers and the Center over agricultural laws. Mann said he was grateful to the Supreme Court for being appointed a member of the committee but resigning from any position that was not in the best interests of farmers.
“Since I am a farmer and a union leader, I am ready to leave any post due to the feelings and fears of peasant organizations and the general public. So there should be no compromise of interest from Punjab and the country’s farmers.” “
Thousands of farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been demonstrating in various borders of Delhi for the past several weeks to repeal the new agricultural laws. Farmers’ organizations are demanding the repeal of the Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Agreement, Law, 2020, Farmers’ Trade and Trade (Promotion and Simplification) Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.