PM Modi announces Withdrawal of Farm Laws

Guwahati: With just a few months remaining for the elections in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the center has decided to withdraw the three controversial farm laws. These three laws had triggered a massive protest by the farmers of the country which has been continuing for more than a year.

The announcement came on the day of Guru Purab.

The PM in the address to the nation said, “Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws”

He added, “When I was given the opportunity to serve the country as Prime Minister in 2014, we gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare. We not only increased the MSP but also created a record number of government procurement centers. The procurement of the products made by our government has broken the records of the last several decades”

The Prime Minister of the country further stated that the objective of the three farm laws was that the farmers of the country, especially “small farmers” should be strengthened, they should get the right price for their produce and maximum options to sell the produce.

These laws were said to have been brought for the welfare of farmers in the interest of the agriculture sector, for a bright future of ‘gaanv-gareeb’ (village-poor), with full integrity, clear conscience, and dedication towards farmers.

“Such a sacred thing, absolutely pure, a matter of farmers’ interest, we could not explain to some farmers despite our efforts. Agricultural economists, scientists, progressive farmers also tried their best to make them understand the importance of agricultural laws”, he added.

The PM also announced the formation of a committee to promote zero budgeting-based agriculture, to change crop patterns as per the changing needs of the country, and to make MSP more effective and transparent. “The Committee will have representatives of the central government, state governments, farmers, agricultural scientists, and agricultural economists”, he said.

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