Home Minister says govt ready to discuss with farmers; urges farmers not to block roads

Home Minister Amit Shah has appealed to the protesting farmers that the government is ready to hold talks with the farmers before December 3 if they shift to Burari ground in Delhi and not block roads. In an appeal, Home Minister Amit Shah said the government was willing to address all issues but farmers should not inconvenience others by blocking roads.

Talking to the media, Mr Shah said the Agriculture Minister has invited them on December 3 for discussions. He said the government is ready to deliberate on every problem and demand of the farmers.

“I want to appeal to all protesting farmers that we are ready to have a word with you, we are ready to talk to you,” the media quoted him as saying. “Delhi Police has already given you a space to conduct your protest. You will have toilets, ambulance and facilities for water supply at the location. I request you to come to this ground and not protest on roads.”

Delhi police after consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs had offered Sant Nirankari ground in North Delhi’s Burari to farmers to carry on their agitation. But many farmer groups continued to gather at Haryana-Delhi border roads overnight and refused to end their agitation before reaching central Delhi. Farmers protesting against the Centre’s recently passed three farm laws have expressed apprehension that the laws would pave a way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporates. They have demanded immediate talks with the Union government and an assurance about MSP in the laws.

Shah said even though Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar has already invited farmers for talks on December 3, the government was willing to meet them earlier too.

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