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Farmers' protest LIVE updates: The government told farmer leaders that a committee could be formed to deliberate on the farmers' demands regarding the three farm laws. Stay tuned for latest updates

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Farmers during their ongoing protest against the new farm laws, at the Ghazipur border in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Farmers' protest LIVE updates Day 34: The government and farm unions reached some common ground on Wednesday to resolve protesting farmers' concerns over rise in power tariff and penalties for stubble burning, but the two sides remained deadlocked over the main contentious issues of the repeal of three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said at least 50 per cent resolution has been reached with mutual agreement on two out of four items on the agenda and discussions would continue on the remaining two on January 4. He said the union leaders kept insisting on repeal of the three farm laws, but the government side tried to explain them the benefits of the Acts and sought to know specific problems faced by the farmers.

The government told farmer leaders that a committee could be formed to deliberate on the farmers' demands regarding the three farm laws.

Thousands of protesting farmers, mostly from Punjab and Haryana, have been camping at three Delhi border points -- Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri -- for the past 33 days, demanding a repeal of the three farm laws and a legal guarantee for MSP.

The three farm laws have been projected by the Centre as major reforms in the agriculture sector that will remove middlemen and allow farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country. However, the protesting farmers have expressed apprehension that the new laws would pave the way for eliminating the safety cushion of the MSP and do away with the "mandi" (wholesale market) system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporates.

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