In a big announcement, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday morning that the Central Government will take steps to withdraw the three farm laws that were passed in Parliament in 2020, following protests by a section of the country’s farmers.
The decision comes months before five states, including Punjab and Uttar Pradesh where there is opposition to the farm laws, will hold assembly elections. Also, Sikhs are celebrating GuruNanak Dev ji ‘s birth anniversary celebrations today.
“Today, I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws,” the PM said in a televised speech.
In his address to the nation, the PM Modi said it was unfortunate that despite the government’s intentions to strengthen and empower farmers particularly those who have small land holdings, many of them were not convinced about the benefits of the laws, and therefore, the government has decided to set in motion the process of repealing all three laws.
The prime minister said the bills were meant to benefit the farmers, but they couldn’t be convinced “despite our best efforts”.
Modi underlined how his government had prioritised welfare of farmers and drafted policies and interventions such as introducing soil health cards, crop insurance and credit cards to empower famers.