Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar along with Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries
Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar along with Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries
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Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Saturday said that the government is ready to amend three new farm laws to respect the sentiments of protesting farmers.

The Union Agriculture Minister said that the union government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to farmers' welfare, and its priority is to uphold the respect for farmers and therefore is ready to make amendments to the agri laws.

While addressing the 5th national convention of Agrivision here, Tomar said the government has passed these three laws to boost investment in the farm sector and give freedom to farmers to sell their produce wherever they want and at price determined by them.

The laws, which were passed by Parliament in September last year, would also enable to grow those crops that can fetch more prices in the market, he added. Referring to the ongoing farmers' agitation, Tomar wondered how this agitation was going to benefit farmers.

"Main ye manta hoon, loktantra mein asahmati ka apna sthan hai, virodh ka bhi apna sthan hai, matbhed ke bhi apne mahatva hai. Lekin kya virodh is keemat par kiya jaana chahiye, jo desh ka nuksan kare (There is a place for disagreement in democracy and so is for opposition and difference of opinion, but should there be any opposition that can harm the nation)," he said.

No one is ready to talk on how these protests can be in the interest of farmers, the minister said.

Tomar regretted that farmer unions as well as the Opposition parties have failed to point out faults in provisions of these laws.

"Loktantra hai toh rajneeti karne ki swatantra sabko hai. Lekin kya kisan ko markar rajneeti ki jayegi, kisan ka ahit karke rajneeti ki jaayegi, desh ke krishi ki arthvybastha ko tilanjali dekar apne mansoobon ko pura kiya jayega, is par nischit roop se naye phidi ko vichar karne ki zaroorat hai (Everyone is free to have any political view in democracy, but the new generation must think, should there be any politics by sacrificing farmers or by hurting farmers' interest or at the cost of the agriculture economy)," he asked.

Tomar stressed that the government's proposal to amend laws does not mean that there were any deficiencies in these reform laws. He said the government has made a proposal to amend these laws as farmers continue to be the face of this ongoing protest.

Thousands of farmers, mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh, are protesting at Delhi borders for over three months, seeking a repeal of these three legislations and a legal guarantee of the minimum support price (MSP).

The three laws are -- The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

(With inputs from PTI)

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