Union Home Minister Amit Shah called farmers’ leaders last night to discuss the remaining issues, they said on Saturday, announcing a five-member panel to hold talks with the government following the success of their year-long campaign for the reversal of three new agricultural laws.
For now, the farmers will continue the protest over their demands like widening the Minimum Support Price or MSP programme that guarantees prices for certain crops, dropping cases filed against protesters over the last year and others.
“Amit Shah called last night. He said the laws have been rolled back then the government is serious about finding a solution to the ongoing stir. The Home Minister wanted a committee to communicate with the government, so we finally have made that committee now,” Yudhavir Singh, a leader of one of the farmers’ unions told NDTV.
“The result of the meeting between the government and the committee will be discussed on December 7th, and if a compromise is found, then there is a possibility of farmers going back from borders,” he added.
The decisions were taken at a meeting organised by the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) – the umbrella body of farmers’ organisations – held at the Singhu border near Delhi to decide on the future of the agitation and discussed vacating the protest sites.
The centre on Tuesday had asked for five names from the SKM to form a panel to deliberate on MSP and other issues.
However, later in the day the SKM in a statement said that its leaders had received a phone call from the Centre on the issue but there was no formal communication.
On Monday, the central government had passed a bill in parliament to repeal the three contentious farm laws.