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Indian gov’t ready to address farmers’ issues through talks amid protests: minister

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The Indian government is open to discuss three new laws recently passed by the parliament amid the ongoing protests by the farming community, said the federal Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday.

Alleging that the new laws were detrimental to their interests, the farmers carried out violent protests at several places amid faceoff with the policemen, who tried to stop them at the inter-state borders.

As a result of the farmers’ protests, normal traffic, both rail and road, was disrupted throughout the day.

“We have already interacted with the farming community. The talks will continue in the coming days. We have already extended an invitation to the farmers’ unions for talks on Dec. 3. Issues can be resolved through talks only,” said the minister.

“I appeal to all of them to shun their protests and come forward for discussions to find a way,” he added.

The agriculture minister also appealed to the opposition political parties not to indulge into politics over farmers’ issues, and not incite them against the federal government.

Massive protests were seen during the day on the main highways connecting the northern states of Punjab and Haryana with the Indian capital city. Thousands of agitated farmers belonging to these two agrarian states had planned to carry out protests in Delhi against the three new laws.

Due to the protests, long traffic jams were witnessed at some of the inter-state borders connecting Punjab and Haryana, and also Haryana and Delhi.

(XINHUA)

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