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Raise Farmers’ Spirits

Raise Farmers’ Spirits

Password recovery Recover your password your email Home Opinion Editorial Raise Farmers’ Spirits Agricultural reforms must not leave farmers unprotected Though the Rajya Sabha passed the two bills — the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance bill — the central government and the Opposition appear to be heading towards a prolonged battle on the justification of the legislations.The government has claimed that the bills tackle crucial issues in ushering agricultural reforms, but there are serious doubts being raised about the objectives behind deregulating the sale of agricultural produce.The government should have shown magnanimity in accommodating the views of its allies and the opponents of the laws and taken them on board and redesigned the agricultural reforms to make them acceptable to all.The hurry shown by the government in amending the laws has led many to allege a ‘hidden motive’ behind it.

The stubbornness shown by the government in getting the bills passed has led to it losing one of its oldest allies, the Shiromani Akali Dal, besides angering the farming sector.Regardless of the central government’s argument that the new laws are aimed at improvement in the economic conditions of the farming community, farmers in many parts of the country are up in arms refuting the government claims.

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