Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar speaks to mediapersons (ANI Photo)
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar speaks to mediapersons (ANI Photo)

Day before ninth round of talks with farmers, agriculture minister Tomar says hopeful of positive discussion

  • Day before ninth round of talks with farmers, agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar says hopeful of positive discussion
By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 14, 2021 07:24 PM IST

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar has confirmed that the ninth round of negotiations with protesting farmer unions will take place as scheduled on Friday and hoped that it would lead to positive discussions regarding the newly implemented farm bills.

"Hopeful of positive discussion at the ninth round of talks with farmer unions on Friday," Tomar was quoted as saying by news agency PTI on Thursday. The minister reiterated the government's stance and said that the Centre is ready to hold talks with farmer leaders with an open mind.

The farmer union too said that they will attend the scheduled talks on Friday asserting that it is necessary to continue the dialogue to resolve the deadlock and end the agitation. "Let's see what happens tomorrow. But, our meetings will continue with the government till our protest ends as it is necessary. We will not oppose the meetings with the government," Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said.

The government and representatives of the farmers' unions have previously held eight rounds of discussions but both sides continue to stick to their original stance. After the last round of discussions, Tomar had asked farmers to suggest an alternative for the farm laws and made it clear that the government will not repeal the laws.

On their part, the farmers have maintained that they will not end their protest till the time the three laws - passed by Parliament in September - are repealed. They have also sought a legal guarantee that the system of procurement under the Minimum Support Price (MSP) will continue unaffected.

The Supreme Court had on January 12 stayed the implementation of the farm laws and ordered the formation of a four-member committee to end the impasse between the government and the farmers who have been protesting near Delhi since late November.

The three contentious laws are Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act after several petitions were filed against them.

The farmers' unions representatives after the Supreme Court order had said that they do not want the four-member committee to resolve the issues citing government's stand on the farm laws. They highlighted that discussions with the committee will not lead to any results if the government remains firm on not repealing the laws.

Farmer unions believe that these laws allow multinational companies to enter the agricultural sector and earn profits at the expense of the farmers. They also believe that these laws will affect government procurement of crop yields under the MSP system.


SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
The PLIs for drones and robots will be the fourth set of incentives offered by MeitY,(HT Archive)
The PLIs for drones and robots will be the fourth set of incentives offered by MeitY,(HT Archive)

Centre planning scheme to push for production, export of drones

By Deeksha Bhardwaj, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:37 AM IST
India ranks low globally when it comes to production of drones and robots, and the country’s drone regulatory policy is still a work in progress. The scheme to push production of robotics and drones will be rolled out with PLIs on the lines of those offered to mobile handset makers.
Close
Justice Eswaraiah has filed his affidavit after an SC bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, directed him on January 11 to affirm it on oath that the voice in recorded conversation was his and he filed a correct transcript of the recording.(PTI)
Justice Eswaraiah has filed his affidavit after an SC bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, directed him on January 11 to affirm it on oath that the voice in recorded conversation was his and he filed a correct transcript of the recording.(PTI)

Amaravati land scam ex-Andhra HC judge files personal affidavit in Supreme Court

By Utkarsh Anand, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:31 AM IST
Justice V Eswaraiah has filed his personal affidavit as part of his appeal against the Andhra Pradesh high court order to investigate an alleged phone conversation between him and a suspended judicial officer, which the HC had dubbed as a “serious conspiracy” to destablise the judiciary.
Close
The affidavit has been filed before a bench, headed by justice Rohinton F Nariman, which will take up the MoRTH’s plea on Monday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The affidavit has been filed before a bench, headed by justice Rohinton F Nariman, which will take up the MoRTH’s plea on Monday.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

Govt asks SC to accept panel’s majority view on wider road for Char Dham highway

By Utkarsh Anand, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:24 AM IST
In its report to the SC, the high-powered committee presented a divided opinion with the majority in favour of the wider roads on the Char Dham route, considering the strategic requirement and snow removal needs.
Close
Robert Vadra had denied any wrongdoing in the past even as the Congress party had called the action political vendetta.(HT File Photo)
Robert Vadra had denied any wrongdoing in the past even as the Congress party had called the action political vendetta.(HT File Photo)

ED moves HC for Robert Vadra's custodial interrogation

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:17 AM IST
The ED is conducting an initial inquiry into a money laundering case in the Bikaner land case. The ED has registered an enforcement case information report in the case and summoned Robert Vadra for questioning but in 2018 the firm approached Rajasthan high court against it.
Close
The current spell of dense to very dense fog across the Indo-Gangetic plains is likely to reduce during the next 2-3 days.(PTI)
The current spell of dense to very dense fog across the Indo-Gangetic plains is likely to reduce during the next 2-3 days.(PTI)

Dense fog engulfs parts of north India, mercury dips

By Jayashree Nandi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:12 AM IST
Dense to very dense fog was recorded on Sunday over Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and parts of Uttarakhand, Delhi and north Rajasthan. ‘Cold day’ to ‘severe cold day’ conditions occurred at most places over Punjab and Haryana and at isolated places over UP.
Close
Balveer Singh Yadav was convicted by a district and sessions court while his friend was acquitted. Yadav was awarded life imprisonment.
Balveer Singh Yadav was convicted by a district and sessions court while his friend was acquitted. Yadav was awarded life imprisonment.

In jail for 14 yrs, ex-army man acquitted of murder charge

By Shruti Tomar, Bhopal, Gwalior
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:06 AM IST
Balveer Singh said: “I was made accused just because I was seen with Surendra Yadav before his death. I am happy that stigma of being a murderer has been removed but I lost my job, pride and important 14 years.”
Close
Due to the PM’s prior commitments Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali was received by defence minister Rajnath Singh, who is number two in the Modi government.(ANI)
Due to the PM’s prior commitments Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Gyawali was received by defence minister Rajnath Singh, who is number two in the Modi government.(ANI)

India assures Nepal on vaccines, supply schedule likely next week

By Shishir Gupta, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:54 AM IST
According to government interlocutors, Gyawali briefed Jaishankar about the preparedness of Nepal to receive the vaccines being manufactured in India. Nepal’s drug regulator approved emergency use of the Covishield vaccine being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.
Close
Farmers during the ongoing protest against the new agriculture laws at Delhi’s Singhu border on Sunday.
Farmers during the ongoing protest against the new agriculture laws at Delhi’s Singhu border on Sunday.

Decoding fine print of SC order on farm laws

By Utkarsh Anand, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 03:42 AM IST
The reluctance on the part of the Supreme Court to perform its foremost role of the final arbiter of law and deliver its decision when it really matters is writ large. Its action in this case has already provoked a barrage of criticism.
Close
This year’s moot problem focused on the law of bail in the context of special bail provisions that reverse the burden of proof against an accused.(HT Photo)
This year’s moot problem focused on the law of bail in the context of special bail provisions that reverse the burden of proof against an accused.(HT Photo)

Tamil Nadu law varsity wins 17th moot court contest

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:31 AM IST
As many as 67 teams from 101 institutions from across the world, including the United Kingdom, Zambia, Australia, Singapore, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, registered for the event.
Close
In the earlier detention on January 11, a police team in east Delhi detained six Rohingyas — two boys aged 10 and 14, a 15-year-old girl, a 60-year-old man, a woman, 50 and a 31-year-old man.(File Photo. Representative image)
In the earlier detention on January 11, a police team in east Delhi detained six Rohingyas — two boys aged 10 and 14, a 15-year-old girl, a 60-year-old man, a woman, 50 and a 31-year-old man.(File Photo. Representative image)

Two Rohingya men arrested for living in Delhi ‘illegally’

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:23 AM IST
Deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka) Santosh Kumar Meena, on Friday, said that based on local information, two men, Hamid Hussain (23) and Nabi Hussain (22), were arrested from Hastsal village in Uttam Nagar. A case was registered against them under the Foreigners Act.
Close
Members of the Bahujan Samajwadi Manch take part in ‘Maati Sankalp March’ in solidarity with farmers , at Ghazipur on Sunday.( )
Members of the Bahujan Samajwadi Manch take part in ‘Maati Sankalp March’ in solidarity with farmers , at Ghazipur on Sunday.( )

Won’t take vaccine till farm laws are junked: Protesters

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 02:16 AM IST
A day after India kicked off its vaccination drive against Covid , farmers protesting at Delhi’s borders maintained that they would not leave the capital to go to their home states to get vaccinated before the three contentious farm laws were repealed.
Close
The farm unions representing tens of thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have launched a mass agitation on the borders of the national capital.(PTI)
The farm unions representing tens of thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have launched a mass agitation on the borders of the national capital.(PTI)

Will hold peaceful R-Day parade in Delhi: farm unions

By Zia Haq, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:12 AM IST
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha, a platform of farm unions spearheading the ongoing farmers’ agitation, said their tractor parade would cover a 60-km stretch and pass through New Delhi’s Outer Ring Road, covering areas such as Peeragarhi, Janakpuri and Munirka.
Close
"Our prime ministers speak regularly and Prime Minister Johnson has said he will visit India ahead of the G7”, said a statement by the British high commission.(MINT_PRINT)
"Our prime ministers speak regularly and Prime Minister Johnson has said he will visit India ahead of the G7”, said a statement by the British high commission.(MINT_PRINT)

Boris Johnson invites PM Modi to UK for June G7 summit

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 01:05 AM IST
The summit will be held in Cornwall during June 11-13. The UK invited the leaders of India, Australia and South Korea to attend as guest countries to “deepen the expertise and experience around the table”, the statement said.
Close
Across the country, a large majority of the vaccinations done on Saturday were using the Covishield vaccine since that has one of the highest volumes of ready stock. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Across the country, a large majority of the vaccinations done on Saturday were using the Covishield vaccine since that has one of the highest volumes of ready stock. (Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

India inoculates 220k individuals over two days of Covid-19 vaccination drive

By Rhythma Kaul, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:48 AM IST
According to officials, among the 207,229 who got doses on the first day, three people — or .0014% — had significant side effects. Of these three, two were hospitalised overnight and discharged the following day while one remained admitted as of late Sunday.
Close
Congress flags waves at rallies
Congress flags waves at rallies

Congress, Left to complete seat-sharing arrangement in Bengal by January end

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 12:42 AM IST
  • The Election Commission of India is likely to announce the schedule of the elections in February and the polls may be held in phases in March and April.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP