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Highlights: Farmers’ groups end discussions with Centre, next meeting on Dec 5

Leaders of 40 farm organisations are meeting with three ministers from the central government - Narendra Tomar along with railways, food and consumer affairs minister Piyush Goyal and minister of state for commerce Som Prakash.

By hindustantimes.com | Updated: Dec 04, 2020 05:32 IST
Highlights: Farmers’ groups end discussions with Centre, next meeting on Dec 5
Farmers eat food at a Langar as they stage a protest against farm laws, at Singhu Border in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Wednesday assured that the government is ready to meet with the leaders of the protesting farmer unions and address their concerns about the farm bills that the centre recently introduced.

Following this, meeting between the leaders of 40 farm organisations with three ministers from the central government - Narendra Singh Tomar along with railways, food and consumer affairs minister Piyush Goyal and minister of state for commerce Som Prakash has concluded today.

The meeting at Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan was the fourth round of talks between the government and the farmers.

Click here to read about the discussions at the meeting

Earlier today, Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh had met with Union home minister Amit Shah. He has urged both the parties to find a solution sooner, as the protests are adversely affecting the economy of Punjab.

Former chief minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal had returned his 'padma vibhushan' award and Shiromani Akali Dal (Democratic) chief and Rajya Sabha MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, too returned his Padma Bhushan award in expressing their support to the ongoing protests.


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08:13 PM IST

Bharatiya Kisan Union says talks have made 'little progress'; many issues remain to be discussed

Bharatiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait had said that the farmers want the laws to be repealed and the government "wants to talk about MSP and amendment to the acts."

He also said that the talks have made some progress and the government's stand on MSP "will be fine," reports ANI.

08:07 PM IST

Government guarantees MSP; agrees to review provision of farm laws concerning for farmers

Meeting between government and farmers ends in a small but significant step forward, with the government agreeing to review the various provisions of the laws as well as major demands by agriculturists, including the issue of a guarantee for state-set minimum support prices.

07:39 PM IST

Fourth round of talks between government and farmer groups end; next round on 5 December

Meeting between farmers' leaders and government ends at Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan. Next round of talks between the two sides scheduled for 5 December, reports ANI.

07:11 PM IST

Minimum Support Price will not be touched, assures Narendra Singh Tomar

In his reply to the farmer unions' leaders at the Vigyan Bhavan meeting, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar had assured that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops would not be changed, reports ANI

06:57 PM IST

Farmers' leaders suggest special session of parliament to repel farm laws in meeting with government

In the meeting with central government at Vigyan Bhavan, leaders from the farmer unions have suggested to the government to call for a special session of parliament to repel the farm laws.

06:54 PM IST

Farmers march through Kota; submits memorandum to collector

Farmers backed by Akhil Bhartiya Kisan Sangarsh Samanya Samiti marched against the centre's farm bills in Kota. The farmers submitted a memorandum to the district collector and also called the farm laws as anti-agriculture, reports PTI.

06:33 PM IST

Farmers meeting with government to resume shortly

After breaking for refreshments, fourth round of talks between the central government and farmer unions' leaders to resume shortly.

05:21 PM IST

Farmers try breaking police barricades at UP Delhi border

Protesting farmers try jumping over and breaking police barricades at Ghazipur-Ghaziabad border.

Traffic movement is disturbed at Meerut-Delhi expressway since Thursday morning as more than 1000 farmers, mostly from Uttarakhand, have been protesting on one carriageway.

04:37 PM IST

'They're distressed and looking for some chaos': Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj S Chouhan slams Congress

MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has slammed the Congress party saying they have always opposed farmers.

He accused the party for instigating farmers and fanning violence and said he will let that happen in Madhya Pradesh, reports ANI.

03:56 PM IST

Maharashtra farmers march in protest against farm laws

In expressing their solidarity to the protesting farmers in Delhi, Maharashtra farmers marched to the offices of tehsildars and the district collectors.

The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS) organized the marches that included more than 80 organizations including farm labours, trade unions and bank employees.

03:40 PM IST

Shiromani Akali Dal chief asks why is center forcing farm laws on farmers

Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal has said that the former chief minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal had "fought for farmers his entire life" and that he returned his padma vibhushan award as a message to the central government.

He also asked "Farmers don't need these laws so why the Govt of India is forcing them on farmers?" as quoted by ANI.

03:33 PM IST

Odisha farmers protest in front of state assembly in Bhubaneswar

In expressing their support for the protests at Delhi, All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee members protested in front of the Odisha state assembly in Bhubaneswar on Thursday.

Leader of the union Praful Samantaray had said that the farm laws could "destroy farmers and agriculture," reports ANI.

03:09 PM IST

Maharashtra Congress to support protesting farmers at Delhi

Maharashtra state Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat and MLC Sharad Ranpise expressed the party's stand regarding the farmers' protest at a party meeting of MLAs, MLCs and MPs. The party has passed a resolution against the new farms laws and in support of the protesting farmers, reports PTI.

03:04 PM IST

Fourth round of talks underway in Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan

Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar, Piyush Goyal and minister of state for commerce Som Prakash have met with the leaders of the protesting farmer unions at Delhi's Vigyan Bhavan, in the fourth round of talks between both the sides.

First published: Dec 03, 2020 14:38 IST