Farmers' protests: Union ministers in Chandigarh for round four of talks

Previous rounds of talks remained inconclusive as they failed to address farmers' demands for a legal guarantee of an MSP for their crops

Farmers at the Punjab-Haryana border (photo: IANS)
Farmers at the Punjab-Haryana border (photo: IANS)


A team of three Union ministers on Sunday evening arrived in Chandigarh to hold a fourth round of talks with farmer leaders.

Official sources said the Central ministers — Piyush Goyal, Arjun Munda and Nityanand Rai — first began an informal meeting with Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann at a hotel in Sector 17.

After the meeting, they will begin deliberations with the farmer leaders regarding the ongoing protest, which has witnessed violent measures to prevent farmers from progressing on their march to Delhi as part of the 'Delhi Chalo' campaign launched by Samyukta Kisan Morcha (Non-Political) and the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU).

The Punjab unit of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of protesting farmer organisations, gave a call for day and night mass protests against MPs, MLAs and district presidents of the BJP from 20 to 22 February.

The previous rounds of talks largely remained inconclusive as they failed to address the farmers' demands for a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP) for their crops.

Protests have been going on because the third round of talks was inconclusive despite CM Mann playing the role of intermediary between farmers and Union ministers.

After the last round of talks that ended early on 16 February, Union agriculture minister Arjun Munda said: "We have had discussions in a positive manner on various issues. We will have a fourth round of talks next Sunday."

Farmer leader Sarwan Singh Pandher on Saturday said the Centre should bring an ordinance on giving a legal guarantee to MSP, a key demand of farmers currently camping at the Shambhu and Khanauri points of the Punjab-Haryana border.

Meanwhile, the ban on internet services has been extended for two more days in Haryana until 19 February. The government had earlier extended the suspension of mobile internet to 15 February.

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