AGENCIES, New Delhi: The seventh round of talks between protesting farm unions and the Centre ended in a stalemate on Monday as the farmer leaders stuck to their demand seeking repeal of the three contentious farm laws, even as the government listed various benefits that can be availed from the legislations.
The next meeting will take place on January 8, farmer leaders said.
The Union ministers said they will hold a meeting amongst themselves to decide on the next course of action before the next round of talks, farmer leaders claimed adding that the farm unions will also conduct an internal meeting on Tuesday.
In Monday’s talks, the two sides did not discuss the issue of extending a legal guarantee to the minimum support price (MSP) system.
The two sides took a long break after just about one hour of discussions, during which representatives of protesting farmers had lunch. The farmer leaders brought their own food, arranged from langar (community kitchen). However, unlike the last round of talks on December 30, the ministers did not join the union leaders for lunch and were seen having their own discussion separately during the break, which lasted for more than one and half hours. The two sides got back together to resume their discussions at around 5.15 pm.