Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Friday, he squarely blamed those with a political agenda for the deadlock in government talks with protesting farmers and said genuine misgivings about the MSP guarantee had been overshadowed by unrelated issues such as the release of those accused of violence and free highways.
While strongly defending the three new farm laws, Modi said the Center was willing to resume dialogue on all issues related to farmers, even with those who strongly oppose his government as long as the talks are based on issues. , facts and logic. He claimed that an overwhelming number of farmers across the country have welcomed the new laws and are already reaping the benefits, and listed the victory of the BJP in panchayat elections in all states, in which farmers were key voters and including in areas surrounding protest sites.
He said parties rejected by the electorate advance their own political agenda by deceiving farmers. Referring to the protests, Modi said farmers had genuine apprehensions about the new laws, including on the MSP guarantee when the unrest started, but people with political affiliations quickly stepped in and started to protest. pull on the shoulders of peasants to assert their own and unrelated claims.
“You would have seen that when the commotion started their claim was for the MSP warranty. They had real problems because they were farmers. But then those who had a political ideology took over,” Modi said. “MSP etc. have been set aside and now this is happening. They demand the release from prison of those accused of violence… They want toll-free highways. Why did they move from farmers’ problems to new demands,” he said.
“Despite this, farmers across the country wholeheartedly welcomed the agricultural reforms. I assure you that I will not let you down,” Modi said. Modi alleged that the farmers’ protest is also being used now to oppose many existing policies. Although the prime minister did not name any particular group, he made several references that appeared to target left-affiliated groups and other opposition parties.
He said those with a political agenda are not letting farmers engage in dialogue with the government to address their concerns. He denounced various opposition parties for misleading farmers. Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, have been camping on various Delhi borders for almost a month to protest against the Three Farm Bills.
At least five rounds of formal talks have failed to break the deadlock, with farmer groups refusing to agree to anything less than the complete repeal of the laws. While the government projected the laws as major reforms aimed at benefiting farmers, protesting unions said the legislation would leave them at the mercy of corporations by weakening the MSP and mandi systems.
The government argued that these apprehensions were unfounded, as the MSP and mandi systems not only continue, but have also expanded and strengthened. His speech followed the release of over Rs 18,000 crore to over nine crore farming families under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi’ (PM-KISAN).
With the push of a button, Modi enabled the transfer of money at an event that the ruling BJP has turned into a mega exercise in reaching out to farmers by having its leaders interact with the farming community at more than 19,000 locations around the world. across the country and also listen to the Prime Minister’s speech. Modi released the Rs 2,000 payout to each farmer on the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister and BJP stalwart Atal Bihari Vajpayee, which is celebrated as ‘Good Governance Day’ every year. by the ruling party.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per annum is given to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal installments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.