Home Minister Amit Shah met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar this morning. It was the second meeting within 24 hours after farmers protesting against the farm laws rejected the Centre's proposal of early talks after shifting their protest venue, reports NDTV.
Protesting farmers rejected the Indian government's offer to hold immediate talks if they ended their blockade of key highways they've held as they seek the scrapping of legislation they say could devastate crop prices.
The thousands of farmers will continue camping out on highways in Punjab and Haryana states until three new agriculture laws are withdrawn, Jaskaran Singh, a leader of the Kisan Union, or Farmers’ Union, told reporters.
The farmers say the laws could cause the government to stop buying grain at guaranteed prices and result in their exploitation by corporations that would buy their crops cheaply.
The government says the legislation brings about much-needed reform agriculture that will allow farmers the freedom to market their products and boost production through private investment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that these reforms have not only served to unshackle our farmers but also given them new rights and opportunities.
On Friday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar offered to hold talks with the farmers’ representatives on Dec-3.
That followed a day of clashes with police, who used tear gas, water cannons and baton charges to push them back as they tried to enter New Dehli, according to media reports.