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The Center has spent 7.95 million rupees in a campaign to dispel myths about agricultural laws: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar | India News


NEW DELHI: The Center has spent more than Rs 7.95 million in the five months to January on an advertising campaign to dispel myths about the new farm laws, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Parliament on Friday.
Outside of this, the ministry of information and broadcasting committed Rs 7, 25, 57, 246 for the posting of ads between September 2020 and January 2021 on behalf of the ministry of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, it said.
Tomar, in a written response in the Rajya Sabha, further said that the print ads have been published through the Office of Outreach and Communication (BOC) in Hindi, English-language newspapers and regional languages ​​for “clarification related to agricultural laws. including myths and facts etc “to raise awareness among farmers and other stakeholders.
The Ministry of Agriculture has incurred an expenditure of Rs 67.99,750 on the production of three promotional and two educational films on agricultural laws for wider publicity through electronic media, social media and webinars.
In addition, miscellaneous expenses of Rs 1,50,568 were incurred in developing creative for print advertising, added the minister.
Regarding the expenses incurred in the advertising campaign abroad, the minister said that there were “zero” expenses according to the information received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA).
However, missions / posts, as part of regular diplomatic work, shared the latest developments, the considered position of the government, and useful information on agricultural laws, including frequently asked questions (FAQs), etc. on their social media accounts. in their approach to the diaspora. he said.
Related government departments have also raised awareness through social media platforms, he added.
In response to another query, Tomar said the government actively and consistently engaged with the troubled farmers’ unions and 11 rounds of negotiations were held to resolve their problems.
During several rounds of negotiations, the government had been asking agitated farmers unions “to discuss farm laws clause by clause” to resolve their concerns about clauses that bother them, he said.
“However, the farmers’ unions never agreed to discuss the farm laws except for the demand for their repeal,” he said.
The farmers’ protest on the Delhi borders has entered its third month. Thousands of farmers, especially from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, are campaigning to seek repeal of the new laws, introduced by the Center last year, saying they are pro-business and could weaken the mandi system.
The 11 rounds of talks between the Center and 41 protesting farmers’ unions have so far been stalled despite the former offering concessions, including suspending legislation for 18 months, which the unions have rejected.

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