Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar addressing the media, in Delhi said that with an aim to double the farmers' income by 2022, Centre govt has rolled-out these reformative laws. To bring farmers out of the peripheris of Mandi, govt decided to give farmers more opportunities to sell his crop. Speaking on the ongoing protests, what Union Minister said, here are the key highlights.
Here are the key highlights of the Minister's conference, held on 10 December:
10) Will Farm Laws be repealed?: Any law cannot be entirely defective. Government is ready to discuss the provisions that may adversely affect the farmers, said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
9) New laws don't impact MSP system and that will continue, said Agriculture Minister on whether Govt would consider a new bill on MSP.
8) Govt very open and flexible to find amicable solution for benefit of India's farmers. We appeal farmer brothers, sisters, union leaders to end their protest and engage in dialogue with Govt to resolve issues.
7) The government wanted to liberate the farmers of the shackles of mandi so that they could sell their produce anywhere, to anyone, at his own price, outside the purview of mandi: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar
6) Still, the have already made provision in the Act that agreement under these laws will only be between processors and farmers' produce. There is no provision for any lease or agreement over farmers' land, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said during interaction.
5) During the talks, many said that farm laws are invalid as agriculture is State subject and Centre can't frame these laws. We clarified, we have the right to make laws on trade and explained it to them. APMC & MSP are not affected by it.
4) We sent a proposal to farmers. Then wanted that laws be repealed. We are of the stand that govt is ready for open-minded discussions on provisions they have an objection against. Laws don't affect APMCs or MSP. We tried to explain this to farmers: Agriculture Minister.
3) We have already made provision in the Act that agreement under these laws will only be between processors and farmers' produce. There is no provision for any lease or agreement over farmers' land, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
2) The entire country has witnessed that Swaminathan Commission report came in 2006, the recommendation about MSP at 1.5 times cost of production remained pending till Modi government implemented it, said Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
1) It is being projected that the land of farmers will be occupied by industrialists. Contract farming has been going on for long in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Karnataka but there has never been such experience: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar", said Minister.