govt should find a way to convince protesting farmersOn December 21, 2020 by admin
Author: Vedapratap Vedic
The peasant movement is taking a serious form. Three weeks have passed, but no solution is visible. There have been several rounds of talks with the Agriculture Minister and the Home Minister with the farmer leaders, but how strange is the situation that the Supreme Court has to come in the middle now. It does not seem that this court arbitration will be of any help, because the farmers are insistent that the government withdraw these three agrarian reform laws and the government is trying to convince the farmers that these laws are made for their benefit only. .
This movement belongs to the farmers but the opposition parties became silver. His fate has broken the sneeze. In the last six years, the Modi government has made many terrible mistakes, but the opposition has not been able to stop its hair. On the pretext of farmers, now such a horn has come in the hands of the opposition, whose roars can be heard in the country and abroad. The Modi government is no less responsible for this discrepancy. He made these three agrarian laws hastily and passed the Parliament quickly in the era of Corona. They were neither debated properly in Parliament nor consulted with farmers. Just as demonetisation, GST, triple talaq and citizenship amendment laws were imposed in one jolt, so was the kisan-law.
The government may not have even dreamed that such a big movement would rise against it. This movement is eccentric. Never before has such a movement taken place in the country. The arrangement of food, drinking, sleeping and daily work for these farmers of Punjab and Haryana, we see on TV channels, is stunned. No political party could ever make such a spectacular and well-planned arrangement for its protesters.
It is unfair to accuse these farmers that they are being blown away by Khalistani or Pakistani gestures. It is true that anti-India elements will be happy with this movement and the opposition parties will also bake their loaves in it, even though till yesterday they have been supporting this policy in their election manifestos but our farmers have to appreciate that they have given these disturbing leaders Did not give a hint at all.
But the general public of India is very confused. He has a lot of love and respect for his farmers, but he does not understand what is going to harm the farmers with these laws. The government has promised that it will maintain the minimum support price. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given figures showing how much his government has increased the purchase of wheat and paddy crops of the farmers and at the higher prices. Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar has given a written assurance that the policy of support price will continue and the mandi system will not be tampered with. Farmers will also get this facility if they want to do farming with big companies and sell their goods outside the mandis. If there was a dispute between the companies and the farmers, they would be able to go to the courts, not the government officials. The government has also abolished the limit of storage of produce. The government and many agricultural experts are of the opinion that these laws will speed up the pace of modernization of Indian farming. Farmers will get better seeds, irrigation, harvesting, storage and sale opportunities.
So far, the amount of grain that an Indian farmer produces in an acre is one-fourth that of countries like China and Korea. Farming land in India is many times more than most countries of the world. The ratio of the number of farmers in the country is also several times that of other countries. Apart from a handful of farmers from Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, the condition of Indian farmers is extremely pathetic. But our farmer leaders say that by imposing these three laws, this government is plotting to give the neck of the farmers to the capitalists. Gradually, the minimum support price (MSP) system will go out, the mandis will be ruined and the jobbers will be left shaking hands.
This suspicion has so much increased among the farmers that now the government or the court will probably not be able to overcome it. Till now the farmers have stopped only the railways and roads for a few days, but what would happen if they started sabotage and violence? The government cannot sit hand in hand. If it comes down to violence then the sympathy of the general public will also be with the farmers.
The solution is
What should the government do now in such a situation? If he wants, he should give exemption to the states. The states that want to implement this law should do what they do not want to do. Another option is that the government should organize parallel sit-in demonstrations against all the farmers of the country in comparison to the agitating farmers or they can withdraw these agrarian laws. Still 94 percent of the country’s farmers are not dependent on the mercy of the MSP. They are free to deal with any company, sell their goods in the open market and modernize their farming. They do not have any special advantage or disadvantage by living or not with these laws. Like the Communist government of Kerala has declared support prices on 16 vegetables, the central government can declare MSP of dozens of grains, fruits and vegetables in the same way. It is not necessary that they buy it. Wouldn’t it be better if the government left the farmers on their own, instead of taking the credit and benefit of being kind to the farmers?
Disclaimer: The views expressed above are the author’s own
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