As the scuffle between the opposition parties and the central government is increasing regarding the removal of the three new farm reforms, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday wrote an open letter to the farmers where he said that misunderstanding had been created among some farmer groups regarding the reforms.
“Several farm unions have welcomed the reforms and are happy,” Tomar said adding that there were farmers from some regions who had already stared availing the benefits of these reforms. The minister further urged farmers to not get influenced by those who were spreading lies for political selfishness.
Earlier in the day, Tomar along with Union home minister Amit Shah and Union railway minister Piyush Goyal was a part of a meeting held at the headquarters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to discuss the farmers’ issues.
The agriculture minister on Wednesday had thanked farmers of Madhya Pradesh for supporting the reforms brought in the month of September. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to hold a virtual conference on Friday with farmers from Madhya Pradesh where Rs 1,660 crore will be transferred to the accounts of 35 lakh farmers by the BJP-led state government.
Meanwhile, the protests against the reforms have entered day 22. Five rounds of talks have been held between representatives of farmer groups and the Centre which remained inconclusive. Farmers for several weeks have been camping at border points in the national capital seeking the removal of the reforms. In a major development, the Supreme Court said on Thursday that it won’t meddle with the ongoing agitation at this stage.
“We’re of the view at this stage that the farmers’ protest should be allowed to continue without impediment & without any breach of peace either by the protesters or police,” the apex court said