Amid Farmer’s Protest, PM Modi Comes Out In Strong Defence Of Agriculture Laws


Amid ongoing protests by some farm organisations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday strongly defended the new farm laws and said the changes met the long-pending demands of the agriculture sector and a new set of rights for farmers had also started delivering results.

In his monthly radio address ‘Mann ki Baat’, the PM said the reforms had opened doors to new possibilities and urged those studying and researching agriculture to go to villages and create awareness about the new laws that aim to offer more options for sale and also set out rules to protect farmers.


The PM also offered greetings on Guru Nanak Jayanti which falls on Monday and while the salutations were not out of place, the current agitation that is strongly driven by Punjab farmers gave it an added context. He said the government had carried out the work of a “servant” (sevak) and the Guru Sahib gave the opportunity to serve. Though Modi often mentions major festivals, his address just a day before the 551st Prakash Parva of Guru Nanak is seen as an outreach to the Sikh farmer community.

“After a lot of deliberation, the Indian Parliament gave agricultural reforms a legal recognition. These reforms have not only served to unshackle our farmers but also have given them new rights and opportunities. In just a short span of time, these new rights have begun to address the sufferings of our farmers,” Modi said.

Source: Times Of India