The government is hopeful that the meeting with representatives of protesting farmers, scheduled for later today, will be successful, said Som Prakash, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry on Thursday.
“We are hopeful that the meeting will be successful. The aim of holding a dialogue is to find a solution,” Prakash told ANI.
He also further stated : “People of Punjab want peace and development. There might be a few people making anti-social statements but we should keep a progressive approach and talk in the interest of Punjab”.
The MoS said the Government will hold “point by point discussion” with the farmers to reach a solution.
“Government will hold talks with farmers with an open heart in the interest of the nation,” he stated further.
Notably, farmers have warned that Thursday’s talks are the “last chance” for the government to take a decision on the laws.
“Tomorrow is the last chance for the government to take a decision to repeal the laws, otherwise this movement will become huge and the government will fall,” Pratibha Shinde of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha said on Wednesday.
The farmers are protesting against The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.