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Three Central Ministers meet Punjab Farmer’s Unions

India News Front

New Delhi / Chandigarh, November 13

The Agriculture Minister Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Railways Shri Piyush Goyal and Shri Som Prakash MOS Ministry of Commerce & Industries interacted with the representatives of Farmers Organizations of Punjab on 13th November, 2020 in Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.

At the outset, the Agriculture Minister briefed about the reforms made in the agriculture sector to empower the farmers. It was emphasized that agriculture is always on the top priority for Government of India to boost rural economy. He mentioned that the Government is taking several measures for the welfare of farmers with a specific focus on ‘Aatmnirbhar Bharat’. The new Farm Acts would not only provide freedom of choice to the farmers to sell their produce at remunerative price but also safeguard the interest of farmers.

During the interaction, the Ministers also informed the representatives of farmer Organizations that procurement of farm produce on MSP and the Mandi system will continue as before. The new Farm Act will encourage Mandis to provide better services to the farmers.

The representatives of the farmers’ unions expressed their views on new Farm Acts.

The farmer’s representatives were also apprised with other initiatives taken by the Government such as Agriculture Infrastructure Fund and formation of 10,000 Farmer Producer Organizations aiming towards income enhancement of farmers and creating employment opportunities for youth in rural areas.

During the interaction various issues related to farmer’s welfare were discussed at length. It was assured that the Government of India is always committed to protect the interest of farmers and is always open for discussions for the welfare of farmers. The talks were held in a cordial atmosphere and both sides agreed to continue to hold further discussions.

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has welcomed the positive spirit in which the farmer unions and the Centre held discussions today on the imbroglio over the farm laws and other related issues.

Terming it a constructive development, the Chief Minister said the meeting had, for the first time, enabled the two sides to talk in an open environment and hoped it would pave the way for breaking the stalemate on the issue. The fact that both sides came to the table and agreed to find solutions suggests that they had come to a mutual realisation on the need to find solutions to the prolonged crisis triggered by the Farm Laws, he said.

Citing media reports, the Chief Minister hoped the Kisan Unions’ internal discussions on November 18, ahead of another meeting with the central government on November 21, would help identify concrete ways and means to thrash out the various points raised at today’s extensive discussions.

Punjab, which had suffered huge financial losses due to the Covid pandemic, had been badly hit by the current crisis triggered by the Farm Laws, said Captain Amarinder, stressing the need for urgent resolution of the matter in the interest of the state and all sections of its populace. It was also in the interest of the entire country to settle the differences that had so far prevented the two sides from resolving the crisis, he added.

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