Addressing a debate on the President‘s Budget Session speech in the upper house of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the farmers to end the ongoing protest against the amendments in the Agriculture Bill 2020. The protest gained much attention following the violence on 26th January 2021. Recently the topic of farmers’ protest became Global when Rihanna and Greta Thunberg tweeted in support of the farmers. Prime Minister Modi reiterated that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) would remain intact and the Government is never going to abolish it. PM Modi invited the farmers for dialogue and said that the Government is always ready for talks. He urged political parties not to spread any misinformation about the new laws. Modi, however, asserted that these reforms were long due and needed to be implemented for making a revolution in the field of agriculture.
“The present Government is implementing the much needed long due to agro reforms”, says Modi
He also took a dig at the opposition parties especially the Congress party and bashed them for making a “u-turn” on reforming the agriculture sector. PM Modi quoted the statement of former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, where Dr. Singh had spoken that “It is our intention to remove all those handicaps which come in the way of India realizing its vast potential as one large common market”. He said Dr. Manmohan Singh was clear in his intention to bring about the much-needed reforms in the agricultural sector. PM further said that all the former Governments felt the need to change the farm laws and giving the freedom to farmers to sell their produce and the present Government is doing those reforms now.
“The Government cannot ignore the need of small and marginal farmers of India”
He also attacked the opposition to spread false facts on the Agro Bill and said that they can certainly attack the present Government on the protests but they should also tell the farmers that change is necessary for the welfare and development of the farmers. He stated that the recent changes in farm laws have not been made overnight by his Government. Almost every former Government took some steps in making reforms in the agricultural sector. He said that the Government cannot ignore the responsibility towards 12 Crore marginal farmers with less than two hectares of land.