The decision to advance the talks came after home minister Amit Shah and agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar met twice in a span of 24 hours on Monday to discuss their course of action.
The next round of talks was originally scheduled for December 3.
FARMERS PROTEST IN DELHI
New Delhi: As farmers continue their protest against the controversial farm laws at the borders of Delhi, the Centre has invited farmers for discussions on Tuesday, 1 December,2 days ahead of the prior date December 3.
Thousands of farmers, who are marching from various states toward the national capital to protest against new farm legislation they say will hurt their interests, appeared to harden their stand. They have also threatened to block off five entry points to the national capital.
Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar made the announcement, citing the cold and COVID-19. Meanwhile, the protesting farmers have called a meeting later today to take a decision on the Centre’s offer to hold talks.
“On November 13, during our last meeting, we decided to conduct the next round of talks on December 3. However, farmers have continued their protests and with the Covid situation and the cold wave, we decided that we needed to talk before December 3,” agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar told reporters after sending the invitation late on Monday evening.
The discussions will be held at the capital’s Vigyan Bhawan at 3 pm. The agriculture ministry has prepared a fresh set of presentations and videos on the farm reforms, an official said.