Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the ninth round of talks against the government will be scheduled tomorrow with the farmers unions and the Center is hopeful for a positive discussion.
“The government is ready to hold talks with farmer leaders with an open mind,” Mr. Tomar told reporters.
Clearing the confusion over the fate of the ninth round of talks, which was the only result of the final meeting on 8 January, Mr Tomar said that the talks between the government and union representatives would be held by 12 noon on 15 January.
Meanwhile, a prominent member of the four-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court, to resolve the deadlock, removed Bhupinder Singh Mann from the committee.
Farmer unions say they are ready to participate in scheduled negotiations with the government, even stating that they do not want to appear before a court-appointed panel and have also questioned its structure.
Earlier in the day, Bharatiya Kisan Union President Bhupinder Singh Mann said he was removing himself from the four-member committee.
Farmer unions and opposition parties called it a “pro-government” panel, stating that its members have been in favor of the three laws in the past.
Mr Mann said he was thankful to the top court for nominating him to the panel but would leave any post to prevent compromising the interests of farmers.
“As a farmer and as a union leader, in view of the prevailing sentiments and apprehensions among the farm unions and the general public, I am not ready to offer or be given any position for not compromising the interests of Punjab. I am ready. Farmers of the country, “he said in a statement.
Mr. Mann said, “I am removing myself from the committee and I will always stand with my farmers and Punjab.”
The apex court on Tuesday stayed the implementation of the three central laws till further orders and announced the formation of a committee to hear the grievances of the farmers and the opinion of the government.
Besides Bhupinder Singh Mann, Anil Ghanawat, President of Shetri Organization (Maharashtra), Pramod Kumar Joshi of International Food Policy Research Institute and Agricultural Economist Ashok Gulati were appointed to the panel.
Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, have been camping along the Delhi border for several weeks, demanding the repeal of the laws stipulated by them by the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system and weak Mandi system will be destroyed.
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