During the joint meeting of both houses of parliament, Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar expressed that “farmers are being misled” and that “people in a particular state are misinformed.”
“Our efforts are to double farmers’ incomes and boost the contribution of agriculture to GDP rapidly. This agricultural laws are also a significant step in this path. I would like to inform his House and the farmers that PM Modi is committed to the welfare of farmers,” said Tomar.
The agriculture minister challenged the people sitting in the Opposition party to pin-point any error in farm rule, Tomar said, “The farmers are being fooled that others would invade their land if those laws were enforced. Let me know if there is a single clause in the Contract Farming Act that requires any trader to steal the property of any farmer.”
Talking about the mandis, he expressed that the govt is dedicated to the welfare of farmers and to the continuity of the MSP-based mandi scheme. The laws provide farmers with an option to selling their goods outside ‘mandis’ and, unlike the state government informed market sites, such transactions will not incur any tax, he added.
The agitation was meant to be against the tax imposed by the state govt on the sale made in Mandis, but oddly the demonstrations are against the release of the mechanism from certain taxes,” he said.
Furthermore, the minister added that the goal is to bring about “positive change in the lives of farmers,” “who would have thought that fruit and vegetables would be shipped by rail. 100 Kisan Rails, which are mobile cold storage, have been started. They allow farmers to get a good price for their product.”
Talking on higher MSP supported by the NDA government on farm produce, Tomar said, “We have begun to provide MSP, 50% more than the cost of production. In addition, the Rs 1 Lakh Crore Agricultural Infrastructure Fund was issued under the Atmanirbhar package. We have tried to ensure that the necessary investment enters the agricultural sector.”