Once again trying to allay fears around the newly-introduced farm legislations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told protesting farmers that the new Acts were brought in to “strengthen” them.
PM Modi reassured them that the agriculture reforms were brought out in the best interests of people, and not to antagonise them.
“Several reforms, related to farmers, labourers & health, were brought during the recently concluded Parliament session. These reforms will strengthen labourers, youth, women, farmers of the nation. But the nation can see how some people are opposing it just for the sake of it,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the nation at the launch of 6 mega projects in Uttarakhand under the Namami Gange Mission on Tuesday.
He said that those protesting against the new laws are “opposing the freedom of farmers”.
“Farmers can now sell their produce to anyone, anywhere. But, when the Centre is giving farmers their rights, these people are opposing it. They don’t want farmers to sell their produce in open market. They want middlemen to earn profit. They are opposing the freedom of farmers,” PM Modi said.
He further said that the opposing camp, which includes several political parties such as Congress as well as former NDA ally Shiromani Akali Dal, is “insulting farmers” by setting fire to agriculture equipment that is “worshipped” by the farming community.
Inputs included from Times Now news.