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Farmers’ protests are more political in nature, says Union Minister VK Singh


Union Minister VK Singh said on Sunday that the continued protests by farmers against the three core agricultural laws were “more political” in nature and underscored the NDA government’s intention to ensure the welfare of the ryots.

Speaking to reporters here before his interaction with farmers, the State Minister for Road and Highway Transport stated that “the real farmers are very happy with what has been done in the last six months.” He tried to allay fears about the minimum support price (MSP) and other issues, saying that the MSP will continue while contract farming will only benefit farmers.

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“There are a lot of misconceptions being given when it comes to the farmers’ problem. Farmers across India are mostly happy, real farmers are very happy with what has been done in the last six months, ”he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured that the benefit goes to farmers, Singh said, adding that “the current turmoil is actually more political than it is about farmers.” Farmers, mainly from Punjab and Haryana, have for the past 25 days been protesting outside Delhi against the three recently enacted farm laws, with five rounds of talks with the government that have so far failed to break the deadlock.

Singh further said that other political parties, be it Congress, the AAP or the NCP led by Sharad Pawar, all wanted the farmers to have the freedom of the Agricultural Products Marketing Committee (APMC) and “did not want them tied to these mandis. . “He said that Modi has the” greatest respect “for the agricultural sector and assured that the government was with the farmer and pointed out the various schemes that include insurance and soil cards to benefit them.

“The government wants the farmer, who feeds the nation, to feel protected, to get the benefit of government protection so that his income can be doubled,” he said.

“… the farmer must understand that there are people who are deceiving them and that is why I have come here to explain to our farmers that things are fine, not the way people give them away,” he said.

The laws in question aim to protect the farmer and one of them says that the farmer is free to sell his products anywhere he wants and that “India is a market” for him, Singh said.

“This is beneficial for the farmer since he can obtain a better price … what happens in the mandi is the price is decided by the intermediaries, the commission agents,” he said.

The farmer has now been “released from this”, but some insisted “we want the mandis. The mandis are going to stay. No problem with that. A word is raised on the minimum price of support. The bill (Law) says that the minimum support price will be maintained, ”Singh added.

“Therefore, this misconception that has been created in the minds of our farmer friends must be eliminated,” he said.

Regarding contract farming, he said the government has made sure that the farmer makes the profit regardless of price fluctuations and is especially in an advantageous position when prices rise.

“The land is free from this contract and protection is provided … the farmer receives protection from any exploitation by a contractor,” said the minister.

Singh later tweeted that he attended a Kissan Sammelan show here.

“Having interacted with the people here, one can feel that the farmers are excited about the # FarmBills2020 brought by the @narendramodi government and feel that these historic reforms are long overdue. #GenerallySaying, ”he said in the tweet.

In addition, he tweeted some political parties, “to hide their historical incompetence,” they were adamant in misleading farmers about bills that will bring them well-being and prosperity.

Hindustan Times