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Minister claims, some farmer bodies support farm laws

Minister claims, some farmer bodies support farm laws

Farmers protest in Delhi, for representational purpose ( File photo)

New Delhi: A section of farmers has urged the Centre not to amend new farm laws, claimed the minister for agriculture Tuesday.

Two separate delegations belonging to Indian Farmers Union and Kisan Sangharsh Samiti called Narendra Singh Tomar at Krishi Bhawan and expressed support to the government.

Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Kailash Choudhary was also present at the meeting.

Some of the representatives were concerned about the government amending the new laws, which they requested not to, giving in to pressure of the protests, Tomar reportedly said after meeting the delegation.

There are only a few farmer groups protesting against the new rules, he added while being confident of reaching a solution.

He said: "We are expecting that protesting farmers unions will reach a consensus to start fresh talks and they will come again... We will soon resolve the matter.

Kisan Sangharsh Samiti President Ajay Pal Pradhan led the delegation from Gautambudh Nagar.

Pradhan has told IANS the new farm laws are in favour of farmers and he said he had urged the Minister not to amend them.

"We have read new agriculture acts and found them beneficial for the farmers." Said former Minister of Uttrakhand and National President of Indian Kisan Union Ram Kumar Walia.

Walia is also the National President of Bhartiya Sarv Samaj Mahasangh told IANS, "I urge protesting farmers to come for fresh talks with the government. I have not visited Singhu Border so far, I will go there to convince them."

Both, the farmers' bodies handed over memorandum in support of new farm laws to the Minister.

Around 40 farmer unions are protesting against these laws and demanding a new law for mandatory MSP.

IANS report with edits

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