Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday that his government would repeal the three controversial agricultural laws and urged protesting farmers to return to their fields and homes. In a Gurpurab address to the nation, Prime Minister Modi said that all three bills will be repealed at the winter session of Parliament, which begins later this month.
“All three laws benefited farmers, but despite our best efforts, we were unable to convince some of them,” said the prime minister, adding that on a happy day, he did not blame anyone. He said the three laws, against which tens of thousands of farmers have protested violently for more than a year, were designed to empower farmers, especially smallholders. The decision is made shortly before the state elections in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, where agricultural protests were supposed to impair the BJP’s chances of being elected.
“Our efforts may have been flawed because we couldn’t clarify the truth to some of our farmer colleagues, which is as clear as diya light,” said Modi. What’s Next With all three agricultural bills already signed, the government must formally introduce three new bills to repeal the previous ones and pass them in both Houses. The three bills at issue are: the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act of 2020, the Agreement on Guarantee of Agricultural Prices and Services, and the Act on Facilitation.
In his speech, the Prime Minister also highlighted the measures his government has taken in favor of smallholders. “In my five decades of public life I have seen farmers’ difficulties, challenges first hand,” he said. SKM, Congress, Ama cattle respond The Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a body that brings together 40 agricultural unions, welcomed the announcement and said it would hold a meeting and decide how to proceed. “Samyukt Kisan Morcha welcomes this decision and will wait for the announcement to take effect through parliamentary procedures.”