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Govt Asks Farm Leaders to Reconsider Proposal for Suspending Three Laws; Unions Stick to Repeal Demand

The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. (Image: ANI)

The tenth round of talks between farmer unions and the Centre over the three farm laws at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. (Image: ANI)

In the last round of meetings held on Wednesday, the government had offered to put on hold the three laws and set up a joint committee to find solutions. However, after internal consultations on Thursday, the farmer unions decided to reject the offer and stick to their two major demands — the repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP).

Farmer unions on Friday told the government they want a complete repeal of three contentious farm laws even as the Centre asked them to reconsider its proposal for putting the Acts on hold for 12-18 months, as the two sides met for their 11th round of talks to resolve the nearly-two-month long deadlock.

In the last round of meetings held on Wednesday, the government had offered to put on hold the three laws and set up a joint committee to find solutions. However, after internal consultations on Thursday, the farmer unions decided to reject the offer and stick to their two major demands — the repeal of the three laws and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP).

"We told the government that we will not agree to anything other than the repeal of the laws. But the minister asked us to discuss separately again and rethink on the matter and convey the decision," farmer leader Darshan Pal told.

first published:January 22, 2021, 15:52 IST
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