The scheduled talks between the protesting farmers and the Centre that was supposed to be held today have been postponed by a day. Now, the tenth round of discussions will be held on Wednesday.
“The government’s ministerial meeting with farmers unions will be held on January 20 at 2 pm at Vigyan Bhawan, instead of January 19,” the agriculture ministry said. Agriculture secretary Sanjay Agarwal, in a letter to farmers’ unions, said that the scheduled meeting was being postponed due to “inevitable reasons”.
The previous rounds of talks between the government and farmers remained inconclusive as protesting unions have stuck to their main demand for repealing the new laws. However, the government, which is ready for amendments, has refused to withdraw the laws.
Tractor rally of farmers
The development comes as the Supreme Court declines to issue an injunction sought by the Union government against the tractor rally planned by farmers on Republic Day. The top court said that it was a matter of law and order and the Delhi Police has the powers to take a call on the issue.
Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav had on Sunday said, “We will carry out a tractor parade on the Outer Ring Road in Delhi on Republic Day. The parade will be very peaceful. There will be no disruption of the Republic Day parade. The farmers will put up the national flag on their tractors.”
Govt blames “other ideologies”
The Union government has said that both sides want to resolve the stalemate at the earliest but it was getting delayed due to the involvement of people with other ideologies.
Asserting that the new farm laws are in the interest of the farming community, the government said obstacles do come whenever good things or measures are taken and it is taking longer to resolve this issue as farmers’ leaders want a solution in their own way.
SC panel to hold first meeting
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court-appointed panel to resolve the crisis is scheduled to hold its first meeting today.
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