The government and representatives of 40 farmer unions held the sixth round of discussions today over the contentious new farm laws at Vigyan Bhavan in the national capital. The meeting went on for nearly five hours.
Addressing reporters after the meeting, Tomar said that the talks took place in a cordial atmosphere and a mutual agreement was reached on two out of the four points raised by the farmers.
Elaborating on the discussions, Tomar said that that Centre has agreed to keep farmers out of the preview of fines for stubble burning.
He added the government has also agreed to accept their demands related to the electricity bill. The farmers wanted the withdrawal of the electricity bill, claiming that it went against their interests.
The next round of discussions on the other two demands related to the three laws and Minimum Support Price (MSP) will take place on January 4, Tomar said.
Praising the “discipline” maintained during the protests, Tomar said that he has also urged the farmer unions to send back the elderly, women and children due to the cold weather.
Earlier, the farmers had listed a four-point agenda for discussions with the government.
In their letter to the government, the farmers had said the discussions should take place on the “modalities to repeal” the three farm laws and mechanism to ensure a higher “legally guaranteed” MSP.