As a meeting with representatives of protesting farmers remained inconclusive, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said they have been asked to come with specific issues in the new farm laws and the government is ready to discuss and address their concerns.
The government had called a meeting with 35 representatives of agitating farmers at Vigyan Bhawan hereafter large-scale protests by various farmer groups, including from Punjab and Haryana, entered its sixth day on various borders of the national capital.
“We had a detailed discussion. We will again meet on December 3. We suggested to them to form a small committee, but they said they all will be present in the meeting. So, we agreed to that,” Tomar told PTI after the meeting.
Asked why the government was holding a separate discussion with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Rakesh Tikait, the minister said, “They have come to us, so we are discussing with them also. We are ready to discuss with all farmers.”
Asked when the deadlock will end, he said, “The time will decide.”
On the protesting farmers insisting on the repeal of all three farm laws, Tomar said, “We have asked them to come with specific issues in the laws and we are ready to discuss and address their concerns.”
“If they have any specific issue with any clauses, let them point out. Let them put their views, we will look into them,” he added.