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New agri laws will not take your land away, PM assures farmers

Rutam Vora Ahmedabad | Updated on December 15, 2020

Attacks Opposition for spreading a ‘false narrative’

Attacking the opposition from Kutch border, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made it clear that the government will not go back on the three agriculture legislations that have triggered farmers’ unrest in parts of North India.

The Prime Minister tried to assure the farmers that the new laws will not let others take their land away.

Referring to the farmers camping and protesting on Delhi’s border for the past 20 days, Modi said, “There is a conspiracy to mislead the farmers. They are being threatened with a false narrative that under the new agriculture laws, others will occupy their land.”

The Prime Minister was speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony for several development projects in Kutch.

He, however, reiterated his government’s intention is to protect farmers’ interests and that the three agri laws are in favour of increasing their income and providing them additional option for earnings.

‘Opposition misguiding’

“The [agriculture] laws are the same as the ones farmer bodies have been demanding for years. Those sitting in the opposition today and misguiding the farmers had supported these reforms when they were in power.

“But they couldn’t do it during their tenures. Now that we have taken this landmark decision, they are deceiving the farmers,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister, who is on a visit to Kutch, recalled how the farmers in Gujarat have prospered, thanks to their horticulture, dairy and advanced farming practices.

“If a dairy contracts to buy milk from you, does it take away your cow? Or does a subzi buyer take away your property or land?” he asked the audience, which included farmers including some from Punjab, who have settled in Gujarat.

‘Ready to resolve’

“I want to tell my farmer friends and reiterate my intentions that we are ready to resolve any of your issues. Farmers’ interest are the top-most priority for our government,” Modi added.

New projects

The PM laid foundation stone virtually for a desalination plant at Mandvi, a fully-automated milk processing and packing plant at Sarhad Dairy Anjar, and the world’s largest 30-gigawatt (GW) Hybrid Renewable Energy Park near Vighakot closer to the international border in Dhordo, Kutch.

 

Published on December 15, 2020

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