As the Opposition continues to assault the federal government in Parliament over the farmers’ protests in opposition to the brand new farm legal guidelines, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar on Friday stated the “farmers are being misled” and that “people in a particular state are misinformed”.
“Our efforts are that farmers’ incomes are doubled and contribution of agriculture to GDP increases rapidly. These agriculture laws are also an important step in this direction. I want to tell his House and farmers that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed towards welfare of farmers,” stated Tomar in Rajya Sabha.
Challenging the Opposition to focus on any mistake within the farm legal guidelines, Tomar stated, “Farmers are being misled that others would occupy their land if these laws are implemented. 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.”
“I made it clear that if government 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 added.
Asserting that the federal government’s purpose is to carry “positive change in farmers’ lives”, Tomar stated, “Who would have thought that fruits and vegetables will be transported by rail? 100 Kisan Rails, that are in a way mobile cold storage, have been started. They are helping farmers get fair price of their produce.”
Talking in regards to the increased MSP offered by the NDA authorities on farm produce, Tomar stated, “We have started to provide MSP, 50% more than the production cost. Also, Rs 1 lakh crore agriculture infrastructure fund has been given under Atmanirbhar package. We have tried to ensure the requisite investment reaches the agriculture sector.”
Thousands of farmers, largely from Punjab and Haryana, have been tenting at a number of of Delhi’s border factors since November final yr, demanding that the federal government repeal the three farm legal guidelines and supply authorized assure of MSP for his or her crops.
Sites of the farmers’ protest on Delhi’s borders have became fortresses with the police beefing up safety and placing up multi-layered barricades.