Government ready for talks, can modify farm laws if needed: Rajnath

The Union federal government is ready to go over the new farming laws with farmers’ leaders with an open mind and even to amend them if necessary, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated here on Thursday. The new laws are focused on doubling farmers’ income, Singh said, speaking at a function to inaugurate thousands of small-scale irrigation projects in Madhya Pradesh.Singh’s declaration follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s fresh interest objecting farmers on Wednesday to come forward for talks and the assurance that the government is open to modifying the laws if there are any drawbacks.”We are prepared to talk with an open mind on farm laws and if needed even make amendments to them. As an outcome of our government’s decisions, a new self-confidence is being built among common farmers. And due to this (confidence) farmers have accomplished a record production,” Singh said.”In 2017, the prime minister had actually vowed to double farmers’ income by 2022. This was not a simple willpower … versus the background of this, the three farm laws were enacted in 2015,” he said.The new laws aim at bring fair rate for farmers’ produce and provide liberty to sell it wherever they want, the Union minister more said.But “individuals with vested interests” produced confusion over the 3 laws, spreading mistaken beliefs such as markets run by Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees and Minimum Assistance Rates (MSP) will be eliminated and farmers’ lands will be mortgaged, Singh alleged.The prime minister had specified categorically in Parliament that neither any APMC Mandi has actually closed after the new laws entered force, nor has the MSP routine ended, he said, including that rather the MSP has increased.Under the brand-new laws, agricultural produce will be up for sale and not the land, the Union minister stressed.Saying that Mahatma Gandhi considered villages as the soul of India, Singh stated development of rural areas was the government’s priority.

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