New Delhi: A meeting of 30 protesting farmers' groups
from Punjab with the government regarding the contentious farm bills ended
abruptly today over the absence of the Union minister for agriculture Narendra
Singh Tomar. The Centre had called the meeting and the farmers' groups had
finally decided yesterday that they would attend.
The meeting was attended by the agriculture secretary, but the farmers demanded the presence of the minister.
Upset over his absence, the farmers started raising slogans inside the ministry and tore up copies of the contentious farm laws. They also said their agitation against the new laws will continue.