Centre ready to amend farm laws out of farmers’ respect says Union Minister Tomar

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 20: Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar interacts with the media after 10th round of meeting withfarmer leaders regarding opposition to the new farm laws, at Vigyan Bhawan on January 20, 2021 in New Delhi, India. The tenth round of talks between the government and protesting farmer leaders ended today and the next meeting is scheduled to take place on 22 January at 12 noon. During the meeting, the Centre proposed to suspend the three contentious farm laws for one and half years and set up a joint committee to discuss the Acts to end the stalemate, but farmer leaders did not immediately accept the proposal and said they will revert after their internal consultations. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

On Saturday, the Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, while addressing the fifth national convention of Agrivision in Delhi, asserted that the government is ready to amend the three new farm laws to respect the sentiments of farmers protesting against the laws for over 100 days.


At the event, Tomar said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and our government is committed to farmers’ welfare. We are ready to make amendments, but no one should say laws are flawed”. 


Saturday marked the 100th days of farmers’ protest against these contentious farm laws, since the beginning of the protest, eleven rounds of talks have held between the farmers union and the government.


Stressing on the opposition’s role against the laws, Tomar said, “Opposition is politicising the issue. They (opposition leaders) only talk about farmers’ protest but totally failed to point out faults in provision of these laws”. 


Protesters have been demanding the withdrawal of these three contentious laws and want a legal guarantee on the minimum support price (MSP), regretting on this issue the Union Minister said, ” Three laws passed by the parliament in September last year will help farmers accumulating more price, and also boost investment in the farm sector”.


He further added, ” How these protests can be in the interest of farmers? And nobody is giving the reason for it.


On January 12, the Supreme Court had given a verdict to freeze the implementation of the three laws for two months. 

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The government after that has decided to suspend laws for further 18 months, but farmers demanded to withdraw it totally.

The three laws are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

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