Govt Hardens Stand on Farm Laws, Says Offer to Stay Implementation ‘Best and Last Offer’

Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar along commerce minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State Som Prakash after the 9th round of talks on Jan. 15, 2021. (Image: PTI)

Union Minister for Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar along commerce minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State Som Prakash after the 9th round of talks on Jan. 15, 2021. (Image: PTI)

The central government on Friday signalled that it was ready to walk away from talks and said the next meeting will only take place if farmers want to talk about the proposal.

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  • Last Updated: January 22, 2021, 17:16 IST
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The central government on Friday signalled that it was ready to walk away from talks with the farmers unions opposing the farm reform laws as the eleventh round of talks also failed to resolve the nearly-two-month long deadlock.

Hardening its stand, the government said its proposal to stay the implementation of the laws for 18 months “was its best and last offer” and asked the protesting farmers to reconsider the proposal, even as it reiterated that there was no deficiency in the law.

Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar announced the next round of talks will happen only when farmers are ready to talk on the government’s proposal. “We thought of accommodating your concerns, not because there was anything wrong with proposal. We gave you the best proposal. Unfortunately you rejected that,” he said at the meeting.

Sources told News18 that Friday’s meeting lasted only 18 minutes and for the rest of the time, farm leaders were in a separate room. Tomar clearly and categorically told them that talks will only take place if you wish to discuss on the proposal offered by the government, they said.

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