PUNJAB’S farmers’ organisations, who have been protesting against the new farm laws, on Sunday said the Centre has once again invited them for talks on the issue on October 14. A decision on whether to accept the invitation will be taken at a meeting in Jalandhar on October 13, they said.
The farmers’ organisations, whose agitation against the farm laws has disrupted rail traffic and severely impacted coal supply for thermal power plants in Punjab, had last week rejected the Union agriculture department’s invitation to participate in a “conference to address their concerns” on October 8. “We have received an invitation for a meeting on October 14,” said Jagmohan Singh, general secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda).
“Though the invite has come from the agriculture secretary, it mentions that the Central Government wants to talk to farmers,” he said. “All farmers’ organisations will decide whether to go to Delhi for talks in a meeting slated for October 13 in Jalandhar,” he added.