Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to interact with protesting farmers from six states, along with Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, on Friday. The farmers are protesting against the new farm laws. PM Modi has announced to deposit a total of Rs 18,000 crore in the bank accounts of over nine crore farmers as per the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme.

“The farmers will share their experiences with PM-KISAN and also on various other initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of farmers,” the PMO said in a statement.

The farmer unions had urged the Centre to “abandon its stubbornness” and show an “open mind and neat intention” towards the farmers. The government has spoken with the farmer unions five times, though the protesting farmers have maintained that their demand was “non-negotiable”.

The representatives of the farmer unions told media that they expect the government to have a faithful dialogue.

“Even the Supreme Court has said that suspend implementation of farm laws. This will lead to a better environment to hold talks,” Shiv Kumar Kakka, National President, Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Mahasangh, said.

According to Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav, the government must come up with concrete proposals for the protesting farmers.

“Govt is constantly holding talks with so-called farmers’ leaders and organisations who’re not associated with our movement at all. This is an attempt to break our movement. The government is dealing with protesting farmers, the way it deals with its opposition,” Yadav said.

“We urge the govt not to repeat those meaningless amendments which we have rejected but come up with a concrete proposal in writing so that it can be made an agenda, and the process of negotiation can be started as soon as possible,” he added.