Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday that the new farm bills, that were passed in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday, will change the economic condition of the farmers.
Terming the passage of the farm bills and the change in the farming sector the “need of 21st century India”, PM Narendra Modi said the farmers would now be able to sell their produce at any rate and anywhere they want.
PM Narendra Modi also assured the farmers that the farm bills are not against the mandis (agricultural markets), and the government procurement of their produce and Minimum Support Price (MSP) will continue as before.
The Upper house of the Indian Parliament passed the Farm Services Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, through voice vote amid the ruckus caused by Opposition protests.
Earlier, two farm bills were also passed by the Parliament. I congratulate my farmers. This change in the farming sector is the need of the present hour and our government has brought this reform for the farmers,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.
“These farm bills will empower the farmers to freely trade their produce anywhere. I want to make it clear that these bills are not against the mandis. Farmers can now sell their produce at any cost they want. They would now be free to sell their products anywhere they want. New farm bills will change the economic status of the farmers,” PM Narendra Modi said.
PM Narendra Modi also said only the NDA government has continuously worked to modernize the mandis in the country.
“I want to assure farmers that minimum support price, govt procurement of their products will continue. The mandis and the MSP will continue. It is the NDA government which has continuously worked to modernize the agricultural mandis of the country,” PM Narendra Modi said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on to slam the Opposition for “misleading” the farmers across the country.
PM Narendra Modi also took a dig at the Opposition, that has been protesting the new farm bills, saying the ones demonstrating against the new agriculture bills never tried to implement Swaminathan Committee Report.
“Some people are misleading farmers on the farm bills. These are the same set of people who never even tried to implement the Swaminathan Committee Report. MSP will stay and the government will continue the purchase of the products”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi added.
“In the past 5 years, there has been a record government purchase. One can easily understand who is working for farmers and who are not,” PM Narendra Modi said.
“During the Coronavirus pandemic, record purchase of wheat has been made from farmers during the Rabi season. Rs 1 lakh 13 thousand crores given to the farmers at MSP. This amount is more than 30 percent over last year,” PM Modi said.