The laws have already been stayed till further orders by the Supreme Court, which has formed a controversial committee to resolve the deadlock.
New Delhi: In a major concession to farmers’ unions opposing the new agri laws, the government is ready to put the three controversial farm laws on freeze for one-and-half years and will convey it to the Supreme Court in an affidavit.
This was decided during the tenth round of talks between the government and protesting farmer leaders on Wednesday and the next meeting is scheduled to take place on January 22 at 12 noon.
The farmers, however, want a complete withdrawal of the laws as a mere suspension of the laws for some period of time will not bring about any change, farmer leaders said on Wednesday after the 10th round of talks concluded.
"The government placed a new proposal before us in the tenth round meeting - it is ready to set up a special committee which will consider all our demands along with the three new laws," said Balkishan Singh Brar of the All India Kisan Sabha.
"The government also proposed that until the committee completes the review, all three new laws will be put on hold for one-and-a-half-year," he added.
Moreover, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "During discussions, we said that govt is ready to put on hold the farm laws for one or one and half year. I'm happy that farmer unions have taken this very seriously and said that they would consider it tomorrow and convey their decision on Jan 22."
"It will be a victory for Indian democracy the day farmers' agitation ends," he added.
The laws have already been stayed till further orders by the Supreme Court, which has formed a controversial committee to resolve the deadlock. The panel, which had its first meeting on Tuesday, has been asked to give its report in two months.
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Last Updated Jan 21, 2021, 10:28 AM IST