Amid an escalating stalemate between the Central Government and the protesting farmers, PM Narendra Modi in his big outreach to farmers have assured them that his government is committed in working towards the welfare of the farmers and are readily available for them 24 hours.
Reiterating the benefits of new farm laws, PM Narendra Modi hinted at new reforms in agricultural sector, bringing down barriers between agricultural and associated sectors thereby creating new markets for farmers.
Citing the transition of India’s cold storage infrastructure to become modern and tech-savvy, PM Modi affirmed farmers that the law will incur major investment benefits, including small and marginal farmers who would have the freedom to sell their produce to anyone they want.
Addressing in Gujarat where he revealed several projects, PM Modi questioned: “Can any dairy owner who enters into a contract with a dairy farmer for buying milk take away his buffalo?”
Lashing out at the Opposition for misguiding farmers, PM Narendra Modi alleged Opposition of playing cheap politics and using farmers as pawns to attack Centre thereby igniting turmoil which is hurting India’s economic recovery.
PM Modi claimed that the agriculture reforms were exactly what farmer bodies and even opposition parties had been asking for years and now when it is coming into being Opposition are instigating farmers for their own political gains.
PM Modi assured that his government is working round the clock to resolve issue.
Meanwhile the protests are taking an even rigorous turn, farm leaders are adamant on their stance and are keen on making the government repeal these laws. Farmers’ are accusing the government of creating rifts and divisions among them by using using issues like SYL. They have termed the Agriculture Minister’s meetings with select unions a “divisive tactic” and are now determined to win this fight.
Union leaders stated that the PM on one hand is assuring farmers and on the other he was asking corporates to invest in agriculture sector. “How else will you interpret his speech at FICCI two days back?” questioned BKU leader Yudhvir Singh.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar meeting members of the BKU (Kisan) from UP who “welcomed” the Acts asserted them that the Government is willing to find solution with open mind and will continue dialogue with genuine farm unions.
– Marilyn Ravi, NMTV News