Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Piyush Goyal met senior BJP leader and home minister Amit Shah a day before the next round of talks between the Centre and farmers protesting against the three new farm laws.
They addressed and finalized the role of the government for the meeting on Wednesday, a source said.
The Centre was portrayed in dialogues with farmers by Minister of Agriculture Tomar, Minister of Railway Goyal, and Minister of State (MoS) Trade and Industry Som Parkash.
For over a month now, thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana, and parts of Uttar Pradesh, have been camping at the Delhi border to seek the repeal of the Centre’s three farm laws enacted in September. In the coming days, they have threatened to escalate their rebellion if their demands are not met.
For the next round of talks on all related issues, the government invited 40 protesting farmers’ unions on December 30 to find a “logical solution” to the current impasse over the three rules.
The government’s invitation followed a proposal made last week by the unions to hold talks on the agenda on Tuesday, including strategies for repealing the three new laws.
Five rounds of formal talks have so far been left inconclusive. The last round of talks was held on 5 December, while the sixth round of talks, originally scheduled for 9 December, was canceled one day after Home Minister Amit Shah’s informal meeting with some trade union leaders had failed to find a breakthrough.
These laws have been portrayed by the government as significant agricultural reforms aimed at helping farmers and increasing their profits, but the protesting unions fear that by weakening the Minimum Support Price and the mandi schemes, the new legislation has left them at the mercy of large corporations.