Farmers’ Talks With Centre Constructive: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh

The meeting had been the first constructive one in a long time, according to the chief minister.

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Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh welcomed the positive spirit in which the farmers' unions and the Centre held discussions on Friday on the imbroglio over the farm laws and other related issues.

Terming it a constructive development, the chief minister said the meeting had, for the first time, enabled the two sides to talk in an open environment and hoped it would pave the way for breaking the stalemate on the issue.

The fact that both sides came to the table and agreed to find solutions suggests that they had come to a mutual realisation on the need to find solutions to the prolonged crisis triggered by the farm laws, he said.

Citing media reports, the chief minister hoped the farmers' unions' internal discussions on 18 November, ahead of another meeting with the Central government on 21 November, would help identify the concrete ways and means to thrash out the various points raised at Friday's extensive discussions.

Punjab, which has suffered huge financial losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been badly hit by the current crisis triggered by the Central agricultural laws, said Amarinder Singh, and stressed on the need for urgent resolution of the matter in the interest of the state and all sections of its populace.

It is also in the interest of the entire country to settle the differences that have so far prevented the two sides from resolving the crisis, he added.

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