Can’t and won’t’ repeal farm laws: Govt to farmers  

Eighth round of talks remained inconclusive as the government told the farmer unions that it can’t and won’t repeal the farm laws the farmers are protesting against

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The central government and the farmer unions held the eighth round of talks at the Vigyan Bhawan on January 8. The talks, however, remained inconclusive as the government told the farmer unions that it can't and won't repeal the farm laws the farmers are protesting against.

The eighth round of talks between protesting farmer unions and the government had hit a roadblock in first few minutes as both sides remain firm on their stands. The farmer unions continue to demand complete rollback of the farm laws while the government is determined to not repeal them.

According to the reports, agriculture minister Narendra Tomar told the farmers that the government is ready with amendments and concessions but would not repeal the laws. Besides, the Centre has told farmers to wait for the Supreme Court verdict in the matter. The representative of farmers’ unions, however, said that the protesting farmers don’t want anything other than the repeal of the farm laws.

“There was a heated discussion, we said we don’t want anything other than repeal of laws. We won’t go to any Court, this (repeal) will either be done or we’ll continue to fight,” Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha said after the meeting.

Several rounds of between the two sides held earlier have failed to resolve the deadlock, with the government firm the laws won’t be repealed, while the farmers are adamant on a complete rollback.

The next round of discussions will be held on January 15. Thousands of armers have been camping at border points in Delhi and neighbouring states since November 26.

Enacted in September 2020, the government has presented these laws as major farm reforms aimed at increasing farmers income, but the protesting farmers have raised concerns that these legislations would weaken the minimum support price (MSP) and "mandi" (wholesale market) systems and leave them at the mercy of big corporations.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court will be hearing a batch of pleas challenging the new farm laws on January 11. The top court had earlier issued notice and sought the Centre's response on a batch of pleas against the three farm laws passed during the Monsoon session in September 2019.

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