Lalit K Jha:
US Congressman Andy Levin has welcomed the repeal of three agricultural laws in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the government has decided to repeal three agriculture laws that had been at the center of farmers’ protests for the past one year, and appealed to protesting farmers to return home.
Congressman Andy Levine said on Friday, “It is heartening to see that after more than a year of protests, three agriculture bills will be repealed in India.”
“This is proof that when employees stick together, they can beat corporate interests and achieve progress – in India and around the world,” he said in a tweet.
In his address to the nation on the auspicious occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, Prime Minister Modi asserted that the laws are in the benefit of farmers and then apologized to the people of the country saying the government could not convince a section of farmers. Clear heart and clear conscience.
PM Modi said, “I have come to inform you that we have decided to repeal three agricultural laws. In the upcoming session of Parliament beginning later this month, we will complete the constitutional process of repeal three agricultural laws.” will do.”
Hundreds of farmers have been camping at three borders of Delhi since November 2020, demanding the government to repeal the Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
They are also demanding a new law to guarantee the Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops.
The Centre, which had held 11 rounds of formal talks with farmers, had said the new laws were pro-farmer, while protesters claimed that they would be left at the mercy of corporations because of the laws.