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Farmers’ Protest: Government approves 2 out of 4 issues after marathon meeting

New Delhi: Hopes of a resolution to the ongoing farmers’ movement in Delhi emerged on Wednesday.

A marathon meeting was held between the government and farmers organizations on Wednesday. 

After the meeting, which ended late on Wednesday evening, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar   said that two out of four issues have been agreed upon. 

The first is that the government is ready to withdraw the law prescribing penalties for stubble burning. 

“The first issue was an ordinance related to the environment. The unions were apprehensive about the inclusion of farmers with stubble burning. Both sides have agreed to remove the farmers from it,” Narendra Singh Tomar said.

The second issue was that the Electricity Act is yet to be implemented by the government. The farmers want the subsidy to remain in the hands of the state, on which the central government agreed. 

“The farmer organizations also want the MSP system to get legal status. We have already said that the government is ready to give written assurance on the MSP, but if the farmers want the MSP to get legal status, then they will discuss such issues at 2 pm on January 4,” Narendra Singh Tomar said. 

“farmers maintained discipline in the movement and the meeting. This is a good example. We think that there can be good dialogue in a positive environment and all the issues of farmers can be resolved,” he added.

The 7th round of talks between the central government and the farmers’ organizations opposing the agricultural laws were held at Vigyan Bhawan, Delhi. Till now, during the lunch break, food was brought for the farmers from the Singhu border and the ministers used to go out for breakfast and tea. But for the first time, the central ministers had food with the farmers on Wednesday.

Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Narendra Singh Tomar dined with farmer leaders during lunch at Vigyan Bhawan. This is an important development, as it indicates some improved relations between the two sides. Farmer leaders, during the earlier rounds of talks, refused to eat food served by the government at Vigyan Bhavan. After which, food for them was brought for them from the Singhu border.

Farmers demanded compensation

News agency ANI reported that farmer leaders present at the talks with Union government ministers have also demanded justice and compensation for the families of the farmers killed during the protest against the three agricultural laws.

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