The eleventh round of talks between the Centre and farmer union leaders ended inconclusive on Friday, a day after protesting farmers rejected the government’s proposal to suspend the implementation of farm laws for 18 months.
While the government said it had nothing better to offer than staying the implementation of farm laws, farmer union leaders were adamant on their demand of repeal of laws.
“We gave a proposal to farmers and if they have a better proposal, then they can come to us,” the government was quoted after the meeting.
No new date of the next meeting was announced, first time during the series of negotiations, hinting at a possible deadlock that the talks have hit once again.
Surjeet Singh Phul, state president of BKU Krantikari (Punjab) said that no date for the next meeting has been fixed by the government.
Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has told farmer unions that government is ready for another meeting if farmers are willing to discuss the proposal of suspending the laws.
Narendra Singh Tomar and food minister Piyush Goyal and minister of state for commerce Som Parkash were holding the talks with the representatives of 41 farmer unions at the Vigyan Bhawan here.
Farmer leaders said the meeting may have lasted for nearly five hours, but two sides sat face to face for less than 30 minutes today.
In the last round of talks, the government had offered to suspend farm laws for 18 months besides appointing a joint committee consisting of representatives from both sides – farmer unions and central government to resolve the deadlock.
However, one of the fronts of protesting farmers has outrightly rejected the government’s offer saying that they want nothing but a complete repeal of all these contentious legislations.
Samkyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of protesting unions, said in a statement that its full general body has decided to reject the government’s offer. It said that a full repeal of three farm laws and urged the government to enact legislation for remunerative MSP for all farmers.
Notably, the three farm laws have already been put on hold by the Supreme Court till further orders.