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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Pawar favored agricultural reforms but did not implement them: Take


Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the head of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Sharad Pawar, who was Minister of Agriculture when the government of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), led by Congress, was in power, “wanted implement reforms in the agricultural sector, but could not due to external forces, ”said agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, as quoted by the ANI news agency.

“Many senior ministers had tried to implement the same agricultural laws that the Narendra Modi government had brought in, but were unable to implement them due to these external pressures,” Tomar said, according to the agency. He did not explain what kinds of external pressures prevented Singh and Pawar from implementing the reforms.

Tomar addressed a delegation of farmers who pledged to support the three controversial farm laws. “Many commissions, ministers, chief ministers and governments have endeavored to work in the direction of agricultural sector reform. During the UPA regime, Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sharad Pawar wanted to implement these reforms. However, due to some pressure, they were unable to implement these laws. ”

The Union government will hold the sixth round of talks with protesting agricultural unions on Wednesday, a new attempt to resolve a politically defiant strike by farmers who have surrounded the capital and want three recent laws in favor of reform removed. .

“Now our prime minister is Narendra Modi. Its only mission is development. Its only mission is the welfare of people. Any kind of force or pressure cannot pressure our Prime Minister. When these forces fail, they become frustrated, ”said the minister.

“Prime Minister Modi won 303 seats in Lok Sabha thanks to his blessings. Can PM Modi make a decision that negatively impacts farmers and villagers? Asked the minister.

“The Prime Minister implemented demonetization. There were elements that used to queue up and criticize the government. On GST goods and services tax, the late Pranab Mukherjee praised the prime minister. Those forces re-emerged and began saying bad things about Modiji that his days were numbered. People said that the BJP would lose Gujarat, which is a state dominated by industrialists. In Surat, GST had the biggest impact and by this logic we should have lost, people voted for Modi on every seat and for GST, ”said Tomar.

“We want to resolve this (the protests) through discussion. We respect our annadatas. We will be self-sufficient only when farmers become self-sufficient, “he added.

The government’s sixth round of talks with agricultural unions on Wednesday will decide the future course of the current agitation by farmers against the three recent land reform laws.

Basically, the laws change the way Indian farmers do business by creating free markets, as opposed to a decades-old network of government markets, which allow traders to store essential commodities for future sales and establish a national framework. for contract farming.

Together, the laws will allow large corporations and global supermarket chains to buy directly from farmers, without going through decades-long regulations.

Farmers say the reforms would make them vulnerable to exploitation by large corporations and would erode the government’s procurement system, whereby the government buys staple foods, such as wheat and rice, at guaranteed rates, known as floor prices. support (MSP).

Hindustan Times