Farmers protesting at Tikri border burn copies of three farm laws | Photo: @ANI
Farmers’ protest LIVE updates Day 51: The ninth round of talks between farmer leaders and the Centre on the farmers’ two main demands pertaining to three new central farm laws and MSP for crops is on in Delhi. Apart from 41 representatives of farmer unions, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, and Minister of State Som Prakash are participating in the talks that began around 12.20 pm at the Vigyan Bhavan.
Since a Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws is likely to hold its first meeting on January 19, the meeting on Friday between with the government and the unions may be the last one.
The farmer unions have been maintaining that they were ready to attend the scheduled talks with the government, even as they have said they do not want to appear before the court-appointed panel and have also questioned its composition.
Earlier in the day, Bhartiya Kisan Union president Bhupinder Singh Mann said he is recusing himself from the four-member committee.
Farmer unions and opposition parties had called it a “pro-government” panel, insisting that its members have been in favour of the three laws in the past.
Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at several Delhi border points, demanding a complete repeal of the three farm laws and legal guarantee of minimum support price for their crops.