3 Farm Laws To Be Repealed, Says Prime Minister Modi
Moneylife Digital Team 19 November 2021
Prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Union government has decided to repeal all three farm laws. In an address to the nation, he says, "Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws."

"Such a sacred thing, absolutely pure, a matter of farmers' interest, we could not explain to some farmers despite our efforts. Agricultural economists, scientists, progressive farmers also tried their best to make them understand the importance of agricultural laws," the PM says.

He also urged the protesting farmers to "return home to their families and let's start afresh." He also announced formation of a committee to discuss all farm-related issues that will have states' representation too.

The PM says, "Whatever I did, I did for farmers. What I am doing is for the country. With your blessings, I never left out anything in my hard work. Today I assure you that I will now work even harder so that your dreams, nation's dreams can be realised."

The farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws for almost a year now.

Meanwhile, while welcoming the PM's decision to repeal three farm laws, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) says it will wait for the announcement to take effect through due Parliamentary procedures.

In a statement, the Morcha says, "SKM also reminds the Prime Minister that the agitation of farmers is not just against the repeal of the three black laws, but also for a statutory guarantee to remunerative prices for all agricultural produce and for all farmers. This important demand of farmers is still pending. SKM will take note of all developments, hold its meeting soon and announce further decisions if any."

After it was passed in the monsoon session of Parliament, the President gave his assent to the three farm bills on 27 September 2020. The three bills were the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 and Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.

Ahead of these becoming laws and soon after that, farmers across the platforms had embarked on agitation, some of them peaceful, some resulting in damage to the government property, including the riotous agitation at the Red Fort on 26th January earlier this year, and also including the loss of lives of more than 600 farmers at various places during the agitation.

Hundreds of these farmers—most of them from western Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Haryana under the banner of Samyukt Kisan Morcha—have been camping at various entry points to Delhi. They were not buying the Union government's argument that the three farm laws would bring in reforms in the agriculture sector and remove the intermediaries, because of which the small farmers will benefit.

After the farmers' agitation erupted, the Supreme Court in January 2021 stayed the three farm laws and appointed a committee, which had submitted its report, which is not yet made public.

The PM pointed out that many initiatives have been taken for farmers to get the right price for their produce in return for their hard work, and the country has strengthened its rural market infrastructure. He says, "When I was given the opportunity to serve the country as prime minister in 2014, we gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare. We increased the minimum support price (MSP) and created a record number of government procurement centres. The procurement of the produce made by our government has broken the records of the last several decades."

"The objective of the three farm laws was that the farmers of the country, especially small farmers, should be strengthened. They should get the right price for their produce and maximum options to sell the produce. These laws were brought for the welfare of farmers, especially small farmers, in the interest of the agriculture sector, for a bright future of 'gaanv-gareeb' - village-poor, with full integrity, clear conscience and dedication towards farmers."

He also announced the formation of a committee to promote zero budgeting based agriculture, change crop pattern as per the country's changing needs, and make MSP more effective and transparent. The Committee will have representatives of the central government, state governments, farmers, agricultural scientists, and agricultural economists.

2 months ago
Present times in India , for Business Men , are worse than under British Colonial Rule.
Britishers when they forced Indians for money , they called them Rai Bahadur
Present day , they call them Chor
Attitude towards business community is the Indian version of Anti Semitism .
. Business community was in the forefront in India 's freedom and presently the biggest tax payers etc in a regime where taxes / electricity bills are imposed selectively.
2 months ago
If the earlier decision was right, then why it has been changed now? If it was wrong, then why it was taken in the beginning itself? Withdrawing after creating so much of bad blood for so long is not wise. The govt seems to be losing its sense of judgement for deceptive expediency!
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2 months ago
Thou too NAMO...
Yes, we were stunned. Sadly enough Narendra Modi, one of the most powerful head of state in the world had to bend back to the exigencies of vote-bank politics. Almost everybody agrees that the farm sector needs urgent reforms but it does not get done. Today all papers have termed the agitators as rich farmers and yet we are told that most Indian farmers have very small land holding. We keep paying hazaro taxes to offer these 'rich farmers' hazaro sops in taxes, fertilizers, seeds and so on.
It's clear- the rural rich will rule- the poor farmers will continue to remain in distress-even at my age, 74 years, we will have to pay taxes.
Anyway, I won't be surprised, if with this, the PM has to roll back his dream of doubling farm income too.
2 months ago
In India Physically Handicapped pay Income Tax whereas even Super Rich Farmers do not.. Handicapped Punjabis do not get even a single paisa relief in electricity charges
2 months ago

Punjab farmers had done a wonderful job in the initial years of the Green Revolution but gradually , massive subsidies , no income tax and MSP, free electricity , wrong entries of Khud Kasht- Actual Tiller status in Revenue records by corrupt Patwaris etc ,.turned these once hard working farmers into super middleman and brokers for small farmers / Artiyas - a sort capitalist -absentee land lordship exploitative form of functioning . . New farm laws gave small farmers to an opportunity become independent .
Rich farmers ' struggle is for preserving their vested interests
. Sadly new Farm Laws were also being given a communal colour .
Govt in Punjab is also controlled by these very influential Rich farmers' lobby.
2 months ago
NRI were funding Farmers Agitation because they have a vested interest in Punjab All freebies , subsidies , tax exemptions meant for the small /marginal farmers are usurped by the Rich / Super Rich farmers. NRI owners of agricultural land in Punjab who have not set foot in India for years , bribe Patwaris and show themselves as ' Khud Kasht '- i.e. Actual Tillers , in the Revenue Records . Such NRIs and others then take free electricity etc benefits
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