Amendments doesn’t mean farm laws are wrong: Agriculture minister
On Friday, Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar clarified that government’s initiative to make changes in the 3 farm laws, does not mean that there were any problems with them.
Since last September, Centre has been facing a backlash over the 3 controversial farm laws. Opposition parties have continued to target Centre over the farmers agitation against the laws. The opposition has not left any chance to criticise the centre. Hence the Agriculture Minister came forward and said that the farmers are being misled as no one is going to occupy their land.
While addressing the Rajya Sabha, Union agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “I made it clear that if Govt is ready to make amendments, it doesn’t mean there is any problem in farm laws. People in a particular state are misinformed.”
The minister further said, “Let me know if there is a single provision in Contract Farming law which allows any trader to snatch away the land of any farmer.”
The minister also commented on the core issue raised by the farmer which is Minimum Support Price (MSP). He said, “It was being provided at 50% more than the production cost and the Centre ensured that requisite investment reaches the agriculture sector.”
Tomar again underscored that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed towards the welfare of farmers. Efforts were made by the Centre to double farmers’ income and also increase the contribution of agriculture towards the country’s GDP rapidly.
Under this year’s Union Budget, the Centre has allocated an amount of ₹2.83 lakh crore for agriculture. The Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman said on February 1, “Our government is committed to the welfare of farmers. The MSP regime has undergone a change to assure a price that is at least 1.5 times the cost of production across all commodities.”
Meanwhile, the protestors are preparing for a 3-hour nationwide highway blockade on Saturday. The highway blockade would take place everywhere but not in Delhi.