Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, taking a dig at the opposition on Monday, slammed it for being anti-farmer and spreading wrong propaganda to entice the farmers to protest against the recently enacted Farm Bills.
Pointing out the positives of the bills PM Modi said that the government is giving farmers better access to markets — both national and international. But “if someone thinks that the earlier system is better, how is this law stopping anyone, bhai?” he said
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With the earlier system, PM Modi means the system of APMC Mandis where farmers come and sell their farm produce at Minimum Support Price (MSP). The government has over and over again said that the new laws don’t aim to remove MSP from the mandis. The new laws allow a farmer to sell their produce to anyone both in mandis and outside the mandis (big industries, factories, etc).
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The laws, as per the government, would allow the farmers to get a better price for their produce. The government states that with its new farm laws, it aims to eradicate the middle man and help farmers earn a bigger share of profit by directly introducing them to businesses that would buy directly buy from them.
“I know that decades of falsehood do put apprehensions in the minds of farmers… I want to say this from the bank of Mother Ganga – we are not working with the intention of deceiving. Our intentions are as holy as the water of river Ganga,” PM Modi said from Varanasi where he is present to celebrate Dev Deepawali and inaugurate a highway project.
“Farmers should get full profit from international markets. India’s farm produce is famous across the world. This big market and more money – shouldn’t they (the farmers) have this in reach?” he continues.
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“Earlier, any transactions outside a mandi were considered illegal. This was against small farmers who could not even reach mandis. Now even the smallest of farmers can legally operate outside mandis,” PM Modi added.
Earlier, Home Minister Amit Shah had invited the farmers for talks on the condition that they shift their protest to Burari. However, denying the same, farmers had threatened to block all the entries in and out of Delhi.
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To assure farmers of MSP, the government in recent months has even increased the MSPs for multiple pulses and grains.