June 18, 2024

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We are ready to talk to farmers: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar

Right after saying the improve in help price of six Rabi crops, the ruling BJP fielded Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar to invite the farmers, who are agitating in Punjab and Haryana versus the just-cleared agri Charges in Parliament, for a frank conclusion on the bills, even at midnight”.

The Agriculture Minister and his deputy, Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary joined the BJP spokesperson Vijay Sonkar Shastri to dub the ongoing agitation by farmers in Punjab as a consequence of harmful politics practiced by the Congress. The Agriculture Minister cited the reduction in market payment and rural development payment for Basmati traders and millers by the Punjab federal government quickly following the MSP hike was declared by the Centre as an sign of the upward craze for farm produce selling prices in the future.

Innovative reforms

“Already, there is reduction in the tax for Basmati. We had claimed that the revolutionary reforms in Agriculture introduced in by Key Minister Narendra Modi by the Charges handed in Parliament will pave the way for superior selling prices for the farmers. And the craze is noticeable,” claimed Tomar.

Senior ministers in the Union Cupboard have taken to write extensive belief pieces and the BJP is gearing up to politically overcome the agitation on the ground, specifically in Punjab and Haryana, in which apprehensions about destabilisation of the controlled internet marketing infrastructure for trade in agriculture produce as also the MSP routine is fuelling the protests.

The Centre’s bid to introduce reforms in Agriculture sector and aid post-harvest agri trade was reflected in vital legislations handed in Parliament in the Monsoon Session that concluded on Tuesday.

According to the Agriculture Minister, the Congress had been advocating the similar reforms but hardly ever implemented them. He claimed all the legislations are aimed at rising farm income and facilitating trade and investment decision in Agriculture.

Ready to examine

“The Congress is attempting to mislead farmers on the agri bills. This sort of politics is harmful. I want to enchantment to all farmers’ organisations to realize the letter and spirit of these regulations which will convey revolutionary improve in the farmers’ lives… If anyone has any doubts, and I want to enchantment to all farmer organisations, they are welcome to have a frank dialogue with us any time of the day. We are all set even at midnight to deal with the farmers’ issues,” claimed Tomar.

He claimed the regulations are aimed at liberating the farmer from constraints that retained the market price lower and prevented trade in Agriculture. On the difficulty of the MSP not obtaining been particularly stated in the regulations, the Minister claimed, “Who is stating that the MSP has not been included in the bills? It is the similar set of folks who ruled India for 50 several years. Why didn’t they make a regulation for it? This has constantly been an govt buy. There is no issue of the MSP routine being disturbed by the new regulations.”

Citing the Farming Create Trade and Commerce (Advertising and Facilitation) monthly bill, the Minister claimed that it liberates the farmer from transporting his produce and being compelled to market in APMC-specified zones.

“The farmer was being compelled to market in the mandis. There is eight.five for each cent tax in Punjab mandis. The farmers’ payment was not created on time. He had to convey his produce to the mandi in which the crop was auctioned and he was compelled to market for concern of transporting the produce again in scenario he is not capable to dispose of it in the mandi. We have presented liberty to the farmer to market outside the house the mandi premises — in warehouses, at farm gates, inter and intra-State — he can market to whoever he wants and at whatsoever expense he wants,” claimed Tomar.