Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address cultivators in Madhya Pradesh today in the midst of the massive uproar by farmers on the Delhi border against the Centre’s three new farm laws. The PM address will begin at 2 pm via video connection, according to officials, and will be telecast to around 23,000 villagers in the state.
The address of the Prime Minister comes as part of the mega outreach campaign of the BJP to reassure and educate the farmers about the new legislation. Union Minister of Agriculture Narendra Singh Tomar also addressed farmers in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday as part of the outreach program.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address today is likely to concentrate on the Centre’s Rs 1,600 crore relief package, which will be directly attributed to 35 lakh farmers across the country who have been hit by crop loss.
The development came a day after the Supreme Court noted that a protest is legal until it does not damage assets or endanger life and noted that by protesting without participating in discussions, the object of the protest of the farmers can not be realized.
A bench led by Indian Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde said it was considering setting up an unbiased and neutral committee that would hear and present its findings to both sides.
The bench also said that farmers have the right to protest and that it will not interfere with it but adding that it will ask the central government to adjust somewhat the way the protest is conducted to ensure that it does not disrupt the right to movement of people.
Meanwhile, during his address in Madhya Pradesh’s Gwalior, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar hailed the latest agricultural laws on Wednesday. Tomar said “you assembled in Rewa, Ujjain, Sagar, Gwalior, and other places to help the farm laws when attempts are being made to confuse and agitate the farmers of Punjab. I thank you all for that.”
About The New Farm Laws By Modi:
Modi government came up with three reforms, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, are currently being widely protested by farmers.
Through private sector investment in building infrastructure and supply chains for farm production in national and global markets, the government has said these reforms would accelerate growth in the industry. They are intended to support small farmers who do not have the resources to either negotiate for their produce to get a better price or invest in technology to improve farm productivity.