PM Modi: Oppn misleading farmers, spreading fake news on MSP

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NEW DELHI: Asserting that the government will continue purchasing farmers’ produce at MSPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the bills introduced in the Parliament are historic farm reforms as he hit out at parties opposing the bills, and urged farmers to be careful about “misinformation” being spread at the behest of the “middlemen.”
“Middlemen used to take a major part of farmers’ profits. The new law was imperative to save the interests of the famers. The bill will prove to be a protective cover for the farmers,” the Prime Minister said while inaugurating several Bihar related rail projects in presence of state Chief Minister Nitish and several Union ministers.
Unfazed by protests by the opposition and NDA partner Akali Dal, the Prime Minister asserted that the bills are in the interest of the farmers, who should be careful about the “misinformation campaign” by some parties.
“There are parties, who ruled the country for decades, and are now trying to misguide farmers. These parties had made electoral promises, these reforms were part of their manifesto but when the NDA has done it, they are opposing it,” the Prime Minister said, referring to Congress, which is leading the opposition to the three bills passed by the Lok Sabha.
The Prime Minister also assured that the MSP will continue to be given to the farmers. “The new MSP regime was brought by the BJP-led NDA. Opposition parties are spreading fake news that MSP will be withdrawn. I assure the farmers that the MSP will continue in future the way it is happening today. Government will continue purchasing farmers’ produces,” Modi said.
He urged farmers that they should be careful about the parties, which want farmers to remain bonded to the middlemen, who are eating into the profits of the farmers.
The Prime Minister said the new bills will empower farmers to sell their produce in any part of the world. “Anyone can sell their produces in any part of the world, a right, which was denied to farmers so far. However, the new bill gives right to farmers to sell their produce at the price and marker of their choice,” the PM said.
Modi said farmers have been given new independence in agriculture. They will now have more options and opportunities to sell their produce.
The Lok Sabha has passed three agriculture sector bills, amidst strong protests by opposition parties. Two farm Bills – one on Agri market reforms and the other on contract farming provisions – were passed Thursday while the one on amending Essential Commodities Act was passed on Tuesday.
The three Bills will replace existing ordinances once passed by the Rajya Sabha.
SAD MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from the Union council of ministers registering her protest against the legislation. President Ram Nath Kovind has accepted her resignation.

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