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    Eighth round of government-farmers’ talks fail to end impasse; next meet on January 15

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    The eighth round of discussions between the government and farmer unions on Friday failed to end the deadlock over the new farm laws.

    The eighth round of discussions between the government and farmer unions on Friday failed to end the deadlock over the new farm laws.
    The next round of talks between the Central government and farmer leaders will be held on January 15.
    Sticking to their key demand of the repeal of three farm laws to end their protest, farmer leaders told the government their "ghar wapsi" from protest sites on Delhi borders can happen only after "law wapsi", but the Centre insisted talks must be limited to contentious clauses and ruled out a complete withdrawal of Acts.
    The protesting farmers said they will go ahead with their planned protest on Republic Day.
    “There was a heated discussion, we said we don't want anything other than repeal of laws. We won't go to any Court, this (repeal) will either be done or we'll continue to fight.  Our parade on 26th January will go on as planned, “ said Hannan Mollah, General Secretary, All India Kisan Sabha.
    Bharatiya Kisan Union’s Rakesh Tikait asserted that farmers won’t relent before the laws are repealed.
    “We don't wish to have clause wise discussions. We simply want a repeal of the new farm laws,” he said.
    Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that talks remained inconclusive because farmer unions didn't give any alternative to their repeal demand.
    “Discussion on the laws was taken up but no decision could be made. Government urged that if farmer unions give an option other than repealing, we'll consider it. But no option could be presented, so the meeting was concluded & it was decided to hold next meeting on 15th January,” he said.
    Earlier,  the agitating farmers took out tractor rallies on Thursday seeking a rollback of the laws and written guarantee to Minimum Support Price (MSP).
    In the sixth round of talks held on December 30 , some common ground was reached on two demands - decriminalisation of stubble-burning and continuation of power subsidies.
    Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the new farm laws at Delhi border points for over a month now, however, the government has maintained that the laws were enacted keeping in mind the welfare of farmers.
    (With inputs from agencies)
     
     
     
     
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