Govt, farmers agree on 2 out of 4 issues, next meet on January 4
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Consumer Affairs Minister Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State Som Prakash address the media after holding the sixth round of talks with farmers' leaders over the three contentious farm laws at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on December 30, 2020. Bidesh Manna/IANS

Govt, farmers agree on 2 out of 4 issues, next meet on January 4

New Delhi, December 30, 2020

The sixth round of meetings between protesting farmers and the government ended after over five hours with the Centre saying that the two sides had reached consensus on two out of four key issues. The next meeting will take place on January 4.

Addressing media persons after the meeting with 41 farmer leaders at Vigyan Bhavan here, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said: "Today's talks were held in a very good environment and concluded on a positive note. We have had consensus on two out of the four issues."

"The next meeting of government with farmers will take place on January 4," he said.

He said that the government and the farmers had reached agreement over the latter's demands to keep farmers out of the penal provisions of the Commission for the Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, 2020, and to withdraw the Electricity Amendment Bill 2020.

"We discussed stubble burning and the government assured the farmers that their concerns will be taken into account. The electricity bill was also discussed... this has not been enacted. Farmers believe that subsidy will be withdrawn (under this)," Tomar said.

Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh have been protesting at several points on Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh demanding the repeal of the three farm laws. Five rounds of talks earlier between the two sides had proved inconclusive.

IANS

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