PM Modi calls passage of farm bills ‘watershed moment’ for agricultural sector

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
Sep 20, 2020 06:47 PM IST

The farm bills passed in Parliament will not only bring radical changes in the agriculture sector, but will also empower farmers, tweets PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday hailed the passage of the farm bills in the Rajya Sabha, saying these bills will revolutionise the agriculture sector.

PM Modi assured farmers that the MSP and govt procurement of foodgrain processes will remain unaffected by these bills.(Twitter/Narendra Modi)
PM Modi assured farmers that the MSP and govt procurement of foodgrain processes will remain unaffected by these bills.(Twitter/Narendra Modi)

With this, the government’s proposed reforms for the agriculture sector have cleared the legislative hurdle. These bills will now go to President Ram Nath Kovind for his assent after which they will become law.

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The prime minister pointed out that the farming sector in India is in need of technological and structural upgrades citing that the bills will pave a path for farmers to increase their yields by using better tools.

In a series of tweets, PM Modi assured India’s farmers that the Centre aims to serve the farmers and build a stronger agricultural industry for future generations.

PM Modi wrote on Twitter, “Our agriculture sector is in desperate need of the latest technology that assists the industrious farmers. Now, with the passage of the bills, our farmers will have easier access to futuristic technology that will boost production and yield better results. This is a welcome step.”

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He also highlighted the need of removal of middlemen in the farming industry. He said that for many decades farmers in India have been ‘bullied by middlemen.’

Modi said, “For decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen. The bills passed by Parliament liberate the farmers from such adversities. These bills will add impetus to the efforts to double income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them.”

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The prime minister reiterated his assurance regarding the system of minimum selling price (MSP) and government procurement saying that these systems will continue unhindered and the passage of the bills do not affect them in any manner. He said the bills are intended to transform the sector and empower farmers to lead a better life.

The opposition has targeted the government over the minimum selling price (MSP) and government procurement systems saying that the passage of the bills will affect these processes. MPs from several opposition parties feared that these bills will benefit private players and give rise to contract farming.

The Upper House was also adjourned as MPs from the opposition parties created a ruckus during the seventh day of the Parliament’s Monsoon Session on Sunday when the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman disagreed to send the bills to a select panel.

Several farmer leaders and farmer unions have begun staging protests across Punjab and Haryana.

The government has assured that the bills will not affect the minimum selling price and the system of public procurement will not be affected by these bills. It has maintained that the APMC laws which state governments have implemented will not be affected by the bills but will only bring trade done outside the APMC farm yards under the ambit of the legislation.

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