Mumbai: While addressing the nation on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised to the nation and said that the government is withdrawing the three farm laws.
Before issuing an apology to some farmers for “failing” to explain the importance of agricultural laws, PM Modi urged protesting farmers to go back to their homes and assured them that agricultural laws would be repealed.
During his address, he stressed, “Goal of three farm laws was to empower farmers, especially small farmers. The three laws were in farmers’ benefit but we couldn’t convince a section of farmers despite best efforts.”
“In the coming Parliament session, we will take constitutional measures to repeal these farm laws,” announced PM Modi.
“Whatever I did, I did for farmers. What I’m doing, is for the country. With your blessings, I never left out anything in my hard work. Today I assure you that I’ll now work even harder, so that your dreams, nation’s dreams can be realized,” PM Modi said while addressing the nation.
#WATCH | PM Narendra Modi says, "Whatever I did, I did for farmers. What I'm doing, is for the country. With your blessings, I never left out anything in my hard work. Today I assure you that I'll now work even harder, so that your dreams, nation's dreams can be realised." pic.twitter.com/pTWTEAut4P
— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2021
“We have decided to repeal all three farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let’s start afresh,” said PM Narendra Modi.
#WATCH | We have decided to repeal all 3 farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let's start afresh: PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/0irwGpna2N
— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2021
PM Modi’s speech Updates
Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws: PM Narendra Modi
– We worked to provide farmers with seeds at reasonable rates and facilities like micro-irrigation, 22 crore soil health cards. Such factors have contributed to increased agriculture production. We strengthened Fasal Bima Yojana, brought more farmers under it: PM Modi
– To ensure that farmers get the right amount for their hard work, many steps were taken. We strengthened the rural infrastructure market. We not only increased MSP but also set up record govt procurement centres. Procurement by our govt broke the record of past several decades: PM
– When I became PM in 2014, we (govt) prioritised farmers’ welfare and development… Many people are unaware of this truth that 80/100 are small scale farmers who have less than 2 hectares of land and are over 10 crores in population. This piece of land is their survival: PM Modi
– Guru Nanak ji had said ‘Vich Duniya Sev Kamaiye, Taan Dargah Baisan Paiyeea’. It means that only by taking the path of service to the nation can life turn out well. Our government has been working with this sense of service, to make the lives of people easy: PM Narendra Modi
– Beginning his address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his greetings to all on the occasion of Dev Deepawali and Prakash Parv. “It is pleasing that Kartarpir Corridor has re-opened after a gap of 1.5 years,” he said.
Farmers have been protesting the government’s three farm laws since had passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs).
Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.