Center assures ‘history won’t be repeated’ amid rising farmers’ agitation
“The agricultural reforms in the past few days have also now opened new doors of possibilities for our farmers," PM Modi
Amid the rising agitation of the farmers against the newly introduced farm laws, the ministers from the central government reassure that ‘history won’t be repeated’ and the center has taken care that the new laws will not end the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the farmers.
In a recent interview with India Today, the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar had allayed the fear of farmers saying that MSP was never a part of the law. “It has been the government's priority to ensure each farmer is benefitted by MSP,” he said.
“MSP will continue. There shouldn't be any doubt about that. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself has made this clear,” he added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has time and again assured that the farm laws will open new doors for the farmers.
“The agricultural reforms in the past few days have also now opened new doors of possibilities for our farmers," PM Modi had said in his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.
"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," he added.
The Prime Minister in his other addresses as well, has targeted the opposition for not being able to keep their promises and hence being the reason for the farmers’ apprehension.
Hitting out at the opposition, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said, “it is but natural that there are doubts in the minds of some farmers. The history of decades is behind this doubt. Earlier MSPs were announced but actual procurement was insignificant. MSP based procurement was only an excuse for an announcement. It was deceit.”
The Finance Minister had taken to Twitter to mention that the basis for the protest is not the policy decision but doubts and rumors.
“False propaganda- the decision is okay but going forward somethings may happen- is spread. Fear is being spread about what’s not happened & that which will ever happen,” she had said in a tweet.
Since 26th November 2020, the borders of Delhi have been witnessing a huge agitation being carried out by farmers, most of them from Punjab and Haryana.
The farmers are protesting against two Farm Bills that the Rajya Sabha recently passed: the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 that allows farmers to sell their produce outside the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) regulated markets, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 that makes provisions for the setting up of a framework for contract farming.