New Delhi: The fifth round of talks between the representatives of 40 Farmer Unions and the Minister of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar; Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Railways & Commerce, Piyush Goyal; and Minister of State (MoS) for Commerce, Som Prakash; at Vigyan Bhawan on 5th December. The next round of talks will take place on Wednesday, 9th December.
During the dialogue, there was an exchange of opinions on both sides, stated the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare in a press communication. Agriculture Minister Tomar assured the Farmers Unions that the existing APMC is a strong organisation and it will not be weakened, said the ministry, adding that the Minister reassured farmers representatives that the Modi Government is committed to the welfare of farmers and has taken a number of steps and pro farmers reforms. He said that MSPs have been hiked multiple times and will continue in future.
The Minister appealed to the Farmers Unions to give up their agitation and solve their grievances through talks and dialogue. He appealed that children and elders should be allowed to go home in view of the cold and Covid.
Agriculture Minister Tomar also enumerated the measures that the Modi Government has taken for the welfare of farmers like a significant increase in budgetary allocation for agriculture; the allocation under PM Kisan Yojna (PMKY) in which farmer gets direct income support; the Rs 1 lakh crore agri-infrastructure fund; historic MSP hikes; and measures taken for procurement and technology upgrades. These and other measures underline the commitment of the Government towards the farmers of India, the Minister said
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