Farmers’ protest: Govt invites farmers’ unions for talks

New Delhi, Dec 1 (UNI) Concerned over the ongoing protests by farmers against the new farm laws,the Centre has invited representatives of farmers’ unions to hold talks on December 1.Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar late last night invited farmers’ unions to hold talks at Vigyan Bhawan, here at 1500 hrs.

A high-level committee of ministers will interact with the farmers. In this meeting an invitation has been extended to all the unions that were called in the previous meeting.In view of the cold weather and Covid-19, the talks are being held early, so that the members of the

farmers’ unions do not have problem. Earlier this meeting was scheduled on December 3.Mr Tomar said that the government wants to solve the problem by talking to the farmers.He said there have been two rounds of talks with farmers before also on October 14 and November 13.

Tens of thousands of farmers remained massed at the National Capital’s border on Monday, the fourth consecutive day, as no breakthrough was achieved with the Centre over their demand of repealing the new farm laws.

The Tikri and Singhu border points of Delhi are totally blocked by the farmers, who have come mainly from Punjab and also from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The farmers’ organisation again made it clear that their demands — repealing the new laws, assuring Minimum Support Price (MSP), reading down electricity ordinance and fine on burning stubble — are “non-negotiable”.

Delhi borders with Haryana, including Singhu and Tikri, will continue to remain closed for traffic movement amid the on-going farmer protests.Delhi Traffic Police has advised motorists on Tuesday morning to avoid these border points and take alternative routes to avoid inconvenience.

The police has also informed regarding the border points with Haryana that will be open for traffic movement, wherein two of them are only for the movement of two-wheelers, that are Badusarai and Jhatikara.

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