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Parliament budget session: President Ram Nath Kovind condemns violence during farmers’ protest on Republic Day | India News

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NEW DELHI: On Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind condemned the violence during the tractor rally held in the capital on Republic Day by farmers protesting against the three farm laws, calling it “unfortunate.” He also defended the central agricultural acts.
Addressing the joint session of both Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session, the president said that the insult of the tricolor and Republic Day was very regrettable.
He said: “The national flag and a holy day like Republic Day were insulted in the last days. The Constitution that gives us freedom of expression is the same Constitution that teaches us that the law and the rules must be followed seriously ”.
The president said that the Supreme Court suspended the implementation of the three agricultural laws. The government will respect whatever the decision of the supreme court is, he added.
He said that more than 10 crore of small farmers have started to benefit from the three farm laws. Several political parties have supported these reforms, he added.
Kovind said: “Small and marginal farmers are also a priority for my government. To help these farmers with their small expenses, around Rs 113 billion have been transferred directly to their accounts at PM-Kisan Samman Nidhi. ”
He further said: “My government would like to clarify that the rights and facilities that were available before the enactment of the three agricultural laws have not been interrupted. In fact, with these new agricultural reforms, the government has provided new facilities and rights to farmers ”.
Kovind noted that more than 10 crore farmers are benefiting from the farm laws passed seven months ago. The laws have currently been suspended by the Supreme Court and the government will respect them, he said.
He said the center was constantly working to eliminate misconceptions related to farm laws. “After extensive deliberations, Parliament passed the three important agricultural laws seven months ago,” he said.
Meanwhile, 19 opposition parties led by Congress boycotted the president’s speech to express solidarity with the protesting farmers. However, during the speech, the congressional deputy, Ravneet Singh Bittu, constantly raised slogans demanding the repeal of the agricultural laws.

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