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    Farm bills 'protection shield' for farmers, opposition misleading them: PM Modi

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    With opposition parties dubbing three bills, passed by Lok Sabha and now to be tabled in Rajya Sabha, as "anti-farmers" and the BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal quitting his government to protest them, Modi refuted their criticism, saying these laws will unshackle farmers by allowing them to sell their produce anywhere by negotiating a better price.

    Farm bills 'protection shield' for farmers, opposition misleading them: PM Narendra Modi
    NEW DELHI: Accusing the Congress of lying and misleading farmers on the issue of agricultural reforms brought by the Centre, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said those opposing the Bills were siding with the middlemen who take a large share of farmers' earnings. He said the reforms brought by the Centre will act as a protective shield for farmers.

    Modi was speaking while inaugurating railway projects for Bihar, a day after the Lok Sabha passed two Bills related to farmers. The Congress has termed the Bills, which will be brought to the Rajya Sabha on Saturday, as anti-farmer.

    “Some people who ruled this country for decades are attempting to mislead the farmers on this issue. The provisions of the agricultural market in the APMC Act were promised in the election manifesto of the opposition parties who are opposing the reforms now. It is a lie that the benefit of the minimum support price will not be given to the farmers by the government. We are committed to providing fair prices to farmers through MSP and government procurement will continue as before,” the PM said.

    Modi said those opposing the Bills were actually siding with the middlemen.

    “These reforms will give farmers more options in selling their produce. With the new provisions coming into force, farmers can harvest their crop and sell at their desired price in any markets of the country,” Modi said.

    The PM said the government has constantly been working over the last six years to increase the income of farmers.

    “I urge you to be vigilant of those who are misleading you and spreading rumours. These people are beating the trumpet of protecting the farmers, but they actually want to keep the farmers in many bonds. They are supporting the middlemen and supporting the looters of the farmers' earnings. These reforms are the need of the country and the demand of time,” Modi said.
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    4 Comments on this Story

    PRADEEP KRISHNAN34 days ago
    Irrespective of time bound blaming let people and other party or organisations rather support the change. How long you cry foul for past and don't allow the changes to coming future. Let Jio or any Co. goes live or dead allow farmers to sell their products as they wish and when needed...
    Jothi Narayanan34 days ago
    Dear PM,Modiji, May I request you to go through the article,"Land Reforms Fail: 5% of India's farmers control 32% land.Ref: The Wire.Article by Sumit Chaturvedi.Idiaspend.org.
    Highlights: 1)5million acres -half the size of Haryana was given to 5.78million poor farmers by December 2015. Appreciate your Govt.
    2)A large farmer in India has 45times more land than the marginal farmer.
    The paragraph, " Why is it difficult to reverse more than half a century of land reform failures?.
    The report has evidence obtained by RTI.
    The article makes an exception to West Bengal.
    Above party lines one could see the effective implementation of land reforms bill by left govts in WB and Kerala.
    A thought provoking article supported with facts.
    Thanks.
    Dron Khanna34 days ago
    Modi is gradually and systematically weeding out corruption in forms of businesses much to the frustration of Congress whose sole existence is based on greed and corruption. This party and its allies always indulged in loot and plunder and did nothing for poor Indian masses who ignorantly kept these vultures in power term after term only to extend the slavery from British to Nehru dynasty. Times have changed and future of Congress and its allies seem mired in frustration and despair. The justice of Universe has been delivered.
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