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    Agri Bills will be a death knell for the future of farming in India: Congress

  • Date : 14 October, 2020

    The Congress on Thursday slammed the PM Narendra Modi-led Central government for promulgation of three ordinances relating to agriculture, calling it a diabolical conspiracy to defeat the Green Revolution.

    A joint statement issued by Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala and Members of Parliament Gaurav Gogoi, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Dr Amar Singh & Jasbir Singh Gill said that the “draconian laws on agriculture will be a death knell for the future of farming in India”.

    “The BJP Government is hell-bent upon destroying the ‘Anndata’ farmer and bartering agriculture at the altar of a handful of crony capitalists. 62 crore farmers and farm labourers are agitating across India. Over 250 farmers’ organizations are sitting on a dharna, on hunger strikes and are demonstrating across the length and breadth of India. Drunk with power and determined to serve the crony capitalists friends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to be blind to the agony of the farmers and suppress every voice of protest. Modi Government is dictatorially subverting the voice of farmers’ representatives inside the Parliament and has unleashed a draconian ‘Lathi-Danda Regime’ on the protesting farming community,” they said.

    They went on to make ten points against what they termed as the ‘New Enslavement’ of agriculture by the Modi Government. Today, ‘Bahubali’ Modi Government writes a cruel ‘black chapter’ against India’s agriculture, farmers, farm laborers and Agricultural Produce Market Committees (APMC). The draconian laws on agriculture will be a death knell for the future of farming in India.

    The BJP Government is hell-bent upon destroying the ‘Anndata’ farmer and bartering the agriculture at the altar of a handful of crony capitalists. 62 crore farmers and farm labourers are agitating across India. Over 250 farmers’ organizations are sitting on a dharna, on hunger strikes and are demonstrating across the length and breadth of India. Drunk with power and determined to serve the crony capitalists friends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to be blind to the agony of the farmers and suppress every voice of protest. Modi Government is dictatorially subverting the voice of farmers’ representatives inside the Parliament and has unleashed a draconian ‘Lathi-Danda Regime’ on the protesting farming community.

    PM Modi used the same specious arguments for bringing the three ordinances for doing away with the ‘Right to Fair Compensation’ law championed by Congress Party and Rahul Gandhi. Travesty of justice is being replayed by the BJP while bringing the three anti agriculture laws, aimed at abolishing the livelihoods of farmers.

    The interest of farmers and farm laborers cannot be subjugated and be subservient to the draconian majority of BJP in Parliament. Indian National Congress shall continue to take on the dark design of a draconian, dictatorial and anti-farmer Modi government, both inside and outside the Parliament, both from the Parliament to the towns and villages of India. We shall continue voice the pain and suffering of teeming millions. Our protests against the ‘New Enslavement’ of agriculture by Modi government are:

    Firstly, abolishing the system of Grain Market-Vegetable Market i.e. APMC will totally destroy the ‘Agriculture Produce Procurement System’. In such a scenario, the farmers will neither get the ‘Minimum Support Price’ (MSP) nor the price of their crop as per the market price.

 















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