Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Three farm bills will be repealed: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on November 19, 2021. (Screen grab of the video by the PMO)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 19, 2021, announced that the Union Government will repeal the three farm bills in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.

It’s notable that the three laws — Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020; and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 — were met with strong protests by farmers in the form of agitations across the country for the past one year.

PM Modi also announced the formation of a committee to promote zero budgeting-based agriculture, to change crop patterns as per the changing needs of the country, and to make MSP more effective and transparent. The Committee will have representatives of the central government, state governments, farmers, agricultural scientists, and agricultural economists.

In an address to the nation through video conference, PM Modi wished the people on the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti.

He said, “Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws.”

The Prime Minister said that the Government brought these laws for the welfare of farmers, especially small farmers, in the interest of the agriculture sector, for a bright future of ‘gaanv-gareeb’ (village-poor” with full integrity, clear conscience and dedication towards farmers.

He continued that “such a sacred thing, absolutely pure, a matter of farmers’ interest, we could not explain to some farmers despite our efforts. Agricultural economists, scientists, progressive farmers also tried their best to make them understand the importance of agricultural laws”.

The Prime Minister said for years, farmers of the country, agricultural experts of the country and farmers’ organizations of the country were continuously making this demand.

“Earlier also many governments had brainstormed on this. This time also there was discussion in Parliament, brainstorming took place and these laws were brought up. In every nook and corner of the country, many farmers’ organizations welcomed and supported it.”

The Prime Minister said: “I have seen the challenges of the farmers very closely in my five decades of public life that is why when I was given the opportunity to serve the country as Prime Minister in 2014, we gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare”.

He said that four-prong measures of seeds, insurance, market and savings were taken to ameliorate the conditions of farmers. 

Along with good quality seeds, the government also connected the farmers with facilities like neem coated urea, soil health card, and micro-irrigation, he added.

The Prime Minister pointed out that many initiatives have been taken for the farmers to get the right price for their produce in return for their hard work. The country has strengthened its rural market infrastructure.

“We not only increased the MSP, but also created a record number of government procurement centers. The procurement of the produce made by our government has broken the records of the last several decades,” he said. (Press Release)

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