Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government’s decision to withdraw the three controversial farm laws. He said the government will complete the constitutional process to do so in the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament. Greeting the nation in an address on Gurpurab, the Prime Minister expressed happiness at the reopening of the Kartarpur corridor. He said Today, I have come to tell you that we have decided to withdraw the three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these laws.
The decision comes ahead of the Assembly elections and the recent dismal performance of the BJP in the bypolls.The PM said the government could not convince some farmers of the value of the farm laws and, therefore, we are taking the decision to repeal them. We not only increased the MSP, but also created a record number of government procurement centres. The procurement of the produce made by our government has broken records of the past several decades. The objective of the farm laws was that the farmers of the country. The objective was especially small farmers, should be strengthened. They should get the right price for their produce and maximum options to sell the produce, the PM said, seeking to justify the government move to reform the laws, a step that led to massive farmer protests with Delhi borders becoming the centre of the agitation.
Modi government brought these farm laws for the welfare of farmers, in the interest of the agriculture sector.
Modi said, “We brought these laws for the welfare of farmers, in the interest of the agriculture sector. We brought for a bright future of the poor villagers, with full integrity and a clear conscience. The PM said, Such a sacred thing, a matter of farmers’ interest, we could not explain to some farmers despite our efforts. He added that agricultural economists, scientists and progressive farmers also tried their best to make the farmers understand the importance of agricultural laws but failed.
The PM announced the formation of a committee to promote zero budgeting-based agriculture. He announced 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 he had seen the challenges of the farmers closely in his five decades in public life. That is why when I was given the opportunity to serve the country in 2014, BJP gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare, Modi added.