Union Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal has sent a letter to 40 representatives of the farmer’s unions in which he has invited them for the next round of talks on the much-debated Farm Bills on December 30. According to Agarwal, the government is committed to resolving “relevant issues rationally” with a “clean intention and open mind.”
This news broke a day after the All India Kissan Sangharsh Coordination Committee(AIKSCC) called out for a pan-India protest on January 1. The protest will see people pledging to support the farmers in their struggle against the center for the withdrawal of all three acts of Farm laws.
Agarwal wrote in the letter that in the meeting that is to be held on December 30, relevant issues related to the farmers include the three farm laws, maximum selling price(MSP) based procurement, Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region, and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020, and Electricity Bill 2020 will be discussed at length.
— ANI (@ANI) December 28, 2020
While the center is looking for a meaningful and constructive way to appease the farmers by holding the sixth round of talks, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar seemed to be putting his foot down by saying that Prime Minister is dedicated to “improve the economic conditions of the farmers,” but “no power could exert influence or pressure on him.”
Speaking at a separate event to the farmers that are in the support of the new farm laws, Tomar said that even during the UPA government Manmohan Singh and Sharad Pawar also wished ot enact these laws but they never did because of their inability to withstand influence and pressure.
Tomar also went on to say that Prime Minister Modi has no selfish interest and these new laws are for the development of India and its citizens. Tomar said that Prime Minister Modi is completely dedicated to this program of making agriculture prosperous and strengthening the economic conditions of the Indian farmers.
Narendra Tomar’s words are completely aligned with the Prime Minister’s earlier statement that the government is ready to talk to the farm unions only if the talks are based on “issues, logic, and facts.”
Up until now, there have been five talks between the farmer’s unions and the center with each of them remaining inconclusive on both sides and ending in a stalemate. The government has so far offered to make amendments in the relevant sections of the three laws but it seems that only a complete withdrawal of all three laws will satisfy the farmers.