‘Listen to annadata, rethink farm laws,’ Ashok Gehlot tells Prime Minister Modi
Rajasthan’s chief minister, Ashok Gehlot, on Sunday demanded the central government to reconsider the three agricultural laws that have caused a furor among the country’s farmers.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he stated that even when the GDP growth rate has been -7.5% in the second quarter of the current fiscal year, the agricultural sector has grown by 3.4%. “In these tough times, Annadata (vendors) are making positive contributions to the economy and should not be receiving such a reward,” he said.
Gehlot demanded that Modi reconsider these laws to protect the interests of farmers and democratic values.
“On November 26, when the country was celebrating Constitution Day, the peasants were beaten with sticks and water cannons. To prevent farmers from coming to Delhi to highlight their demands, roads were dug and barriers put up. The central government tried to take away farmers’ right to protest, which is not justified, ”Gehlot said.
He went on to say: “The farmers have watered the land of the country with their blood and sweat. The central government should immediately solve their problems by listening to their demands ”.
The CM said that the three bills were presented by the central government without any discussion with farmers and experts. The government also ignored the demand of opposition parties in Parliament to send these bills to the select committee. These laws do not mention the minimum price of support, which has generated mistrust among farmers.
Gehlot said that if these laws are implemented, farmers will become dependent on private actors. Furthermore, with the formation of private mandis, the existence of long-standing agricultural mandis will also end. Because of this, farmers will not get the correct price for their products.
Gehlot also informed the prime minister of the amendments made by the state in the three laws to protect the interests of farmers in Rajasthan.