Eastern Times, New Delhi: In the midst of continuous peasant disputes over farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday assured that the government is determined to protecting the country’s farmers and their interests.
Speaking at the 93rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Prime Minister highlighted the benefits of the new agricultural laws adding that the new agricultural laws would give access to new markets and technology to the farmers, improve their income and help in increasing investment in agriculture.
On the other hand, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reiterated the government’s role in the farmers’ movement demanding repeal of the three agricultural laws. “How much more will the farmers have to give up to protest against the agricultural law,” was the question asked by the former Congress president.
To reassure the farmers, the PM Modi said, “There are invisible walls between different agro-based commercial sectors like agricultural infrastructure, food processing, storage, or cold chain.
The new law has removed these walls now. So the new agricultural laws will open new avenues for the farmers. It will also deliver new technology and market, thereby benefitting them in all possible ways.
However, Modi’s words do not seem to deter the farmers from the movement as thousands of peasants have been protesting even on the 17th day demanding repeal of the three new agricultural laws.
Rahul Gandhi had said in a statement that 11 farmers have died in the last 18 days while protesting against the new agricultural laws.
Opposition groups recently submitted a memorandum to President Ram Nath Kovind demanding to repeal the Agriculture Act. The opposition met the President under the leadership of Gandhi.
According to an earlier announcement, the protesting farmers have created a ruckus starting from blocking roads around Delhi to closing toll plazas on Saturday. Moreover, on Friday, the farmers threatened to close the toll plazas and not collect tolls.
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The Shambhu Toll Plaza in Ambala, Haryana has been closed since that night. Besides, Bastara Toll Plaza was also closed that night itself.
Police have been on high alert since Saturday morning in several areas, including the Delhi-Jaipur border. Three-and-a-half thousand police personnel have been deployed in Gurugram and Faridabad to monitor the situation.
While the BJP has claimed that the left organisation has joined the movement and trying to turn its direction, the farmers’ community have denied such allegations.
Farmer leader Dr Darshanpal said, “No such political organisations have joined us and it is BJP who is trying to discredit our movement in the minds of the people and cover up the main issues as well. But that strategy will not work this time”.