Indian PM makes appeal to farmers protesting over new laws

Indian PM makes appeal to farmers protesting over new laws

India's main opposition Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi alongwith party supporters gather at the party headquarters as they get ready to meet the President of India Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan to submit a memorandum containing around 20 million signatures against the newly passed farm laws, in New Delhi, India, December 24, 2020. Once accounting for a third of India's gross domestic product, they now account for only 15% of the country's $2.9 trillion economy.

While the Prime Minister defended the laws and urged farmers for talks, defence minister Rajnath tried to woo them by saying that the government would amend the laws after an year if they were not found beneficial.

Strongly defending the three new farm laws, PM Modi said the Centre is willing to resume the dialogue on all farmers-related issues, even with those staunchly opposed to his government as long as the talks are based on issues, facts, and logic.

Looking to counter allegations that the government has acted in an "anti-farmer" way, he said Rs 18,000 crore was credited in the accounts of over nine crore farmers of the country and this was done by using technology that eliminates cuts and leaks.

Earlier today, addressing farmers after releasing an installment of PM KISAN scheme, the Prime Minister had said that Banerjee's ideology has destroyed West Bengal and questioned the silence of Opposition for her decision to not implement the scheme in the state that is in the interest of farmers.

"Several rounds of talks have been held whatever suggested by farmers our government has ready to do all those amendments".

A month into the farmers' protests at the capital's borders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi effectively drew a line on Friday re-affirming his endorsement of the three laws and blaming his political opponents for what he said was their bid to "mislead" farmers. "Forty four farmers have sacrificed their lives in this ordeal, but, this Modi Government, busy in the servility of a handful of crony capitalists has shown no empathy".

"The farmers will share their experiences with PM-KISAN and also on various other initiatives taken by the government for the welfare of farmers", the Centre had said in a release earlier.

Banerjee wrote to the Union agriculture minister on Monday, reiterating the state's request to route the PM-KISAN funds through the West Bengal government for disbursal among the farmers. "Who will ensure that our crop is sold at fixed MSP if it is not there?" another leader asked.

Modi told him: "You are sitting in a remote area of Arunachal Pradesh and you have trust that your land is safe, but some people are spreading misconceptions that if you enter into an agreement of your produce, then you will lose your land too". "So much lies are being spread". The drift was that contract farming with private companies was more profitable.

During his interaction with Hari Singh, a farmer from Haryana's Fatehabad, Modi appeared happy when he said that he grew fruits apart from paddy and wheat and sold them in the open local market at a good price.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, are camping on Delhi borders for nearly a month in protest against the three laws enacted in September.

There are several parties which have given statements in favour of agri-reforms but their language has changed now and they are trying to misguide farmers, the PM said. "But not a single mandi has been shut after the new laws came into force".

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