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Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a fervent appeal to the protesters on Monday to put an end to their agitation against the new farm legislation. In response to the motion of thanks for the President’s address in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi also questioned the opposition parties for their sudden ‘U-turn’ on the reforms.
He said that since 2014, his government has initiated changes in the agricultural sector aimed at empowering farmers. The crop insurance scheme has been changed to make it more friendly to the farmer.PM Modi said Rs 90,000 crore of claims made under crop insurance. This amount is larger than the exemption from the loan. “Loan waiver does not benefit small farmers as they don’t have banks accounts or take loans,” he said.
It also brought in the PM-KISAN system, he added. “We are working for the small farmers,” he said, adding that under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Rs 1.15 lakh crore was paid to farmers and accused the Mamata Banerjee government of blocking PM-KISAN in West Bengal.
“Sharad Pawar ji, and those from Congress, everyone… all governments have stood for agricultural reforms. Whether they were able to do it or not, but everyone has advocated that it should be done,” said PM Modi.
He also cited the need for reforms in the agricultural sector by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and said Congress should be proud that Modi had to do what the former Prime Minister wanted.
I’d read out his quote, Manmohan ji is here. There are other rigidities due to the marketing regime created in the 1930s that prevent our farmers from selling their products where they have the highest rate of return. It is our intention to eliminate all the handicaps in India’s way of realising its vast potential in a single large common market. Those taking a U-Turn (farm laws) may agree with him.
He said that there are problems in the agricultural sector despite record production, and solutions must be found together.
Give an opportunity to farm laws
Give agri-reform opportunities, open to change, “Give agri reforms a chance, open to changes,” “MSP was there. MSP is there. MSP will remain in the future. Affordable ration for the poor will continue. Mandis will be modernised,”Mandis will be modernised.
Those behind the protests were also hit by the Prime Minister, saying that a new “breed” of agitators had emerged in a country that could not live without agitation and that the country should be wary of them.
He also said that the new FDI (Foreign Destructive Ideology) had emerged in the country and that “we need to be more aware to save the country from such ideology”
PM Modi also stressed that India is very proud of the contribution of the Sikhs and that the language used by some will not benefit the country. He claimed that some people were also trying to defame Sikhs.
“This is a community that has done so much for the nation. The nation is proud of the Sikhs’ contributions, but some people are trying to defame them. The Guru Sahibs’ words and blessings are valuable. “The language used by some of them is not going to benefit the country,” he said.