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Amid Farmers’ Protests, Prime Minister Modi Strongly Defends Farm Laws | India News


NEW DELHI: Amid ongoing protests by some agricultural organizations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday vigorously defended the new agricultural laws, saying the changes met long-pending demands from the agricultural sector and that a new set Farmers’ rights had also started to pay off. .
In his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ radio address, the prime minister said the reforms had opened doors to new possibilities and urged those who study and research agriculture to go to the villages and raise awareness of the new laws aimed at offer more sales options and also establish rules to protect farmers.
The prime minister also offered greetings on Guru Nanak Jayanti, which falls on Monday and while the greetings were not out of place, the current turmoil that is heavily driven by Punjab farmers gave it additional context. He said that the government had performed the work of a “servant” (sevak) and the Guru Sahib gave him the opportunity to serve. Although Modi often mentions important festivals, his speech one day before Guru Nanak’s 551st Prakash Parva is seen as an outreach to the Sikh farming community.
“After much deliberation, the Indian Parliament gave the agricultural reforms legal recognition. These reforms have not only served to free our farmers, but have also provided them with new rights and opportunities. In a short time, these new rights have begun to address the sufferings of our farmers, ”Modi said.
His comments, the first detailed references since farmers from Punjab and Haryana arrived in Delhi, indicated that while the Center could seek ways and means to address concerns of agricultural organizations that the MSP will be eliminated or that large corporations set the prices of agricultural products. , is not likely to reverse the new laws.
The prime minister gave a number of examples, including that of Jitendra Bhoiji, a farmer from Dhule in Maharashtra who was not paid for his maize crop for four months and how the new laws came to his aid. The new rules make it clear that farmers must be paid within three days, he said. “Whatever the field, correct knowledge, free from misconceptions and hearsay, can act as a force multiplier for each individual,” he added.
The prime minister said that Bhoiji did not receive several lakhs of quotas for his crop that he had sold after receiving an advance of only 25,000 rupees. He used a recently enacted legal provision that ensures farmers receive their quotas and filed a complaint with SDM. Within days, the outstanding amount was paid.
“Buy the crop from the farmer, keep the payment pending for months; this was probably the long-standing tradition that corn buyers followed, ”said the prime minister.
Modi also cited two other examples, from Mohammad Aslam from Baran in Rajasthan, an executive director of a local agricultural producer organization (FPO), who has created a WhatsApp farmer group to inform them about prevailing mandi rates. He said corporate heads would be surprised to learn that even FPOs have CEOs. Modi cited Kaithal’s Virendra Yadav, who had done Rs 2 million in business in two years selling agricultural stubble to agroenergy plants and paper mills using straw packing machines.
He said that Guru Nanak’s influence was visible around the world and that he was “given the opportunity” to help restore Lakhpat Gurdwara Sahib in Kutch after it was damaged in the 2001 earthquake. He referred to the opening of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor as a historical event.

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