Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured the protesters that the government was ready to deliberate on “every problem and demand” of the farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke of the Centre’s new farm laws and the advantages they brought, as the country witnessed an unprecedented protest by farmers for the last four days. Demanding that the laws be scrapped, thousands of farmers from several states have been camping in and around Delhi, turning down the government’s request to move their protest to a designated spot.
“The agricultural reforms in the past few days have also now opened new doors of possibilities for our farmers,” PM Modi said in his monthly radio address Mann ki Baat. “The demands that have been made by farmers for years, that every political party, at some point or the other, made the promise to fulfill, those demands have been met,” PM Modi said.
“After a lot of deliberation, the Parliament of India gave a legal form to the agricultural reforms. These reforms have not only served to unshackle our farmers but also given them new rights and opportunities,” he said, adding that “In just a short span of time, these new rights have begun to address the sufferings of our farmers”.
As an example, he spoke of a farmer in Maharashtra’s Dhule who did not paid for his corn crop for four months.
“Buy the crop from the farmer, keep the payment pending for months on end — probably this was the long standing tradition that the buyers of corn were following… In this situation, the new farm laws that were passed in September came to his aid. Under this law, it was decided that all dues of the farmers should be cleared within three days of procurement, failing which, the farmer can lodge a complaint,” he said.
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