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Talks fail, farmers' representatives walk out of meeting with Agriculture Secretary

Vibha Sharma
Press Reporter News Service
New Delhi, October 14

Farmers’ organisations on Wednesday cried foul and walked out of a gathering held to debate the contentious farm legal guidelines with Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal.

Farmers’ representatives Joginder Singh and Jagmohan Singh stated that Union Ministers have been holding conferences in Punjab and spreading “propaganda” even because the union leaders have been referred to as for a gathering with the Agriculture Secretary in New Delhi.

“At the very least Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar ought to have been current on the assembly,” one of many leaders stated.

After a one-and-a-half-hour lengthy assembly with Agarwal, the chief stated: “They (union ministers) are doing propaganda in villages and right here the minister was not even current.”

“We requested the secretary whether or not the federal government was actually curious about resolving the problem earlier than strolling out,” he stated, asserting that the agitation towards the three farm legal guidelines will proceed.

In the meantime, authorities sources stated {that a} second assembly was proposed in hope that frequent floor could possibly be reached after the farmers’ organisations rejected the primary provide.

Forward of the scheduled assembly with Agriculture Ministry officers, representatives of farmers’ organisations had stated they needed to fulfill the Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister to place forth their views relating to the brand new legal guidelines. 

“We got here for the assembly as a result of we didn’t need to give the impression that farmers will not be open to dialogue. However we additionally need to meet the Prime Minister and the Agriculture Minister,” stated farmers’ representatives Dr Darshan Pal and Kulwant Singh Sandhu.

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