Kalia appeals to farmers' unions reconsider Central Government proposal as BJP also party of farmers
Says the Farm Laws infact have been brought by NDA Government to ameliorate the economic condition of the farmers
Jalandhar: Former Minister Punjab and former state president BJP Manoranjan Kalia today said that the Farmers' Unions have kept up-till now their agitation on Farm Laws non-political. All the political parties except BJP have extended their supports to the Farmers' agitation but Farmers' Unions did not own any political party. Now Farmers' Unions have decided to keep the religion at abeyance so that agitation against Farm Laws remains circumscribed as Farmers' agitation. Farmers' Unions have also decided to consider whenever the Central Government invites for talks. Both the decisions of Farmers' Unions are appreciable.
Addressing a press conference here today, he added that the NDA Government's proposal to have seven amendments in two new laws----The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 though water-downs much of the Farmers' grievances & protects Farmers' interest vis-a-vis Corporates but the same stands rejected by Farmers' Unions which sans reasoning.
Farm Laws give an option to Farmers to sell their produce either in the designated Mandis under APMC Act or in the private Mandis of Corporates. If the Farmers decide not to sell a single grain of their produce to the Corporates, they are free to do so and can sell their Farm produce in the designated Mandis in the APMC Act. If the Corporates give better price than MSP, Farmers have the option to sell their produce to Corporates.
It is not for the first time that Modi Government has acted for the benefit of the Farmers, but earlier also it has taken many steps of its own to watch the interest of the Farmers like Direct Benefit Transfer of Rs. 6000 in the account of the Farmers, Kissan Crop Insurance Scheme, opening of Animal Disease Centre, Pushing Herbal Farming, encouraging farmers to raise honey bee, introducing neem coated urea, scheme of Operation Green in which Government has taken huge steps to ensure that Farmers get their fruits and vegetables soled at remunerative prices and cultivate for more areas to grow vegetable and fruits etc.
Kalia appeals to the Farmers' Unions reconsider the Central Government proposal as BJP is also a Party of Farmers who have voted twice in favor of BJP to make Sh. Narender Modi Prime Minister of India and will not like to have a scratch on Farmers interests. The Farm Laws infact have been brought by NDA Government to ameliorate the economic condition of the Farmers.
Sukhwinder Singh Grewal, National Secretary, Kissan Morcha, Bharatiya Janata Party, Sushil Sharma, District President BJP, Jalandhar and others also present in the press conference.