Centre to repeal three farm laws, urges farmers to leave protest sites
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Centre will repeal all three farm laws. He has requested the protesting farmers to return back to their homes.
This comes almost after a year of the farmers starting protests against the law. The farmers protested against the three farm laws in Delhi. PM Modi said that the laws will be repealed by the end of the month in the Winter Session of Parliament.
The Prime Minister said, “A majority of farmers are small-scale farmers. And to help them, we took on a multi-faceted approach from seed technology, crop insurance schemes. We brought in the three farm bills for the benefit of small farmers, and many farmers across the nation have welcomed it. I am thankful to them.”
He said, “We worked to provide farmers with seeds at reasonable rates and facilities like micro-irrigation, 22 crore soil health cards. Such factors have contributed to increased agricultural production. We strengthened Fasal Bima Yojana, and brought more farmers under it.”
“To ensure that farmers get the right amount for their hard work, many steps were taken. We strengthened the rural infrastructure market. We not only increased MSP but also set up record government procurement centers. Procurement by our government broke the record of the past several decades,” PM Modi said.
In the first reactions from the farmers, farm leader Rakesh Tikat who emerged as the face of the demonstration, tweeted that the farmers would not withdraw their agitation immediately and would continue till the laws are repealed in the Parliament. “Along with MSP, the government should also discuss other issues of farmers,” Tikat said in a tweet in Hindi.
आंदोलन तत्काल वापस नहीं होगा, हम उस दिन का इंतजार करेंगे जब कृषि कानूनों को संसद में रद्द किया जाएगा ।
— Rakesh Tikait (@RakeshTikaitBKU) November 19, 2021
Former Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh thanked PM Modi for the government’s decision to repeal the three farm laws and said he is looking forward to working closely with the BJP-led central government for the development of the farmers.
Great news! Thankful to PM @narendramodi ji for acceding to the demands of every punjabi & repealing the 3 black laws on the pious occasion of #GuruNanakJayanti. I am sure the central govt will continue to work in tandem for the development of Kisani! #NoFarmers_NoFood @AmitShah
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) November 19, 2021
Amarinder Singh told a news channel after the announcement by Modi about the Centre’s decision to take back its farm laws that his party is ready to hold talks with the BJP on seat-sharing for the forthcoming Assembly elections in Punjab.
He has appealed to the protesting farmers to end their protest outside the borders of the national capital and return to their native places.
In a series of tweets, the former Chief Minister said, “This has not only come as a huge relief to farmers but has paved the way for Punjab’s progress. I look forward to working closely with @BJP4India led centre for development of Kisans. I promise Punjab’s people I won’t rest till I wipe every tear from every single eye.”
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