NEW DELHI, Dec 18 - The government is hopeful of resolving the farmers� agitation against three new farm laws before the new year and is continuing its informal dialogue with various groups to defuse the crisis, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has said amid formal talks remaining deadlocked with protesting unions refusing to accept anything less than repeal of the Acts. Tomar said the Narendra Modi government is committed to addressing all genuine concerns of the farming community and it is willing to resume formal talks anytime, but asserted that there was no point talking to those �shooting from peasants� shoulders�.
He blamed opposition parties for misleading the farmers and accused them of changing their stance on the reform process and politicising the issue.
In an interview with PTI, Tomar � who is leading the negotiation with about 40 farmer unions along with Food Minister Piyush Goyal and Minister of State for Commerce Som Parkash � asserted that the three new laws are beneficial for farmers and the government is ready to give a written assurance that the minimum support price (MSP) and mandi system will continue.
Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab and Haryana, have been protesting at Delhi�s borders for more than three weeks. At least five rounds of formal talks have been held between the three Union Ministers and 40 farmer unions to break the deadlock, but the unions are demanding complete rollback of the Central laws.
�We have constantly been holding discussions with farmers� unions... Overall, our effort is to reach a solution through dialogue with them. We are still open for talks. We are holding discussions with unions. I hope through dialogue we can move towards reaching a solution,� Tomar said, replying to a query about the stalemate and way forward.
�Informal talks are going on. I am hopeful of some way out,� he added.
Whether the Supreme Court constituted committee will take over talks and find a solution or the government will continue its efforts, Tomar said the government has kept its door open for negotiations with farm leaders and would wait for the Supreme Court�s order for the next course of action. � PTI