Tribune News Service
New Delhi, December 22
While agitating unions and ‘jathebandis’ at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur borders stood their ground, some “farmers’ groups from Delhi and neighbourhood” on Tuesday met Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, extending support on the three Central farm laws”.
According to the Agriculture Ministry officials, the union leaders also gave suggestions and presented a memorandum to the minister.
Meanwhile, interacting with international media from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of South Asia, Tomar said “Acts were envisaged to benefit farmers and strengthen Indian agriculture”.
“Many steps have been taken over the last six years to benefit farmers under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” the agriculture minister said.
Calling the agriculture sector the backbone of the Indian economy, Tomar said under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the focus will be on doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
“He explained that the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities Amendment Act 2020 are the biggest agricultural reforms in the country so far.
“The reforms will provide farmers market freedom, encourage entrepreneurship, access to technology and they will transform agriculture. He also said that India being a large democracy functions on the principle of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’,” according to officials.
Reiterating that “reforms have been made in the interest of farmers and will bring about a new era in Indian agriculture”, Tomar told the international media that the “government has had many rounds of talks with farmer unions and is willing to continue the dialogue on contentious issues, clause by clause, with an open mind”.