Govt-farmers talks: No breakthrough after five rounds; Next meeting on Dec 9

NEW DELHI: Talks between the Government and protesting farmers remained inconclusive on Saturday even after five rounds of discussions as union leaders stuck to their demand for the repeal of the new farm laws and went on a ‘maun vrat’ seeking a clear ‘yes or no’ reply, forcing the Centre to call for another meeting on December 9 to resolve the deadlock.
After more than four hours of discussions with three union ministers and senior officials, farmer leaders said the Government sought more time for internal consultations to present a final proposal in the next meeting to resolve the issue.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, however, said the government wanted some firm suggestions from the 40 farmer leaders present in the meeting on their key concerns and hoped that a resolution would be reached with their cooperation. (AGENCIES)