Prime Minister Modi promises MSP regime, says congressional government has also spoken out in favor of agricultural reforms
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday reiterated the Centre’s position that opposition parties had previously supported reforms under new agricultural laws. He was speaking at the Rajya Sabha, while responding to the motion of thanks to the President’s speech during the budget session of Parliament.
“All governments have come out in favor of agricultural reforms,” ââthe prime minister said, according to ANI. “Whether they could have done it or not, but everyone pleaded for it to be done.” He also quoted the former prime minister Manmohan singh on his previous comment that farmers were unable to obtain desirable incomes due to the marketing regime put in place in the 1930s.
Comparing the new agricultural laws to the Green Revolution, Modi highlighted how then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri continued to implement the reforms. âThousands of protests took place back then, but Lal Bahadur Shastri went ahead and today we have surplus production,â Modi said.
The Prime Minister affirmed once again that the Minimum support price The regime will not be abolished and the new laws will only improve the state of mandis or wholesale markets. âMSP was here, MSP is here, MSP will stay in the future,â Modi said. âThe affordable ration for the poor will continue and the mandis will be modernized. He added that people should give agricultural reforms a chance.
“Foreign destructive ideology”
The prime minister also mocked a section of protesters calling them âandolan jiviâ, or those experiencing protests, ANI reported. “They can be spotted anywhere there is a protest, whether it is a commotion by lawyers, students or workers,” Modi said. “They cannot live without andolan (protests) … we have to identify them and protect the nation from them.”
Without mentioning international figures such as climate change activist Greta Thunberg, pop singer Rihanna and others who have criticized the government’s handling of the farmers’ protest, the PM has given new meaning to the acronym FDI. .
âThe nation is making progress and we are talking about FDI [Foreign Direct Investment], but I see that a new IDE has appeared, âhe said. âThis should be discouraged. This is called the foreign destructive ideology.
On the Punjab and the Sikhs
The prime minister spoke at length about the contribution of the Sikhs and Punjab to the nation, in an apparent effort to send a signal to the state, which has been at the forefront of the agitation among farmers.
âThis country is proud of every Sikhâ¦ What haven’t they done for this country? said the Prime Minister. âWe can never give them enough respect. The language some people use for them and the attempts to mislead them will never benefit the nation. “
He then urged the farmer heads to let the elderly go home. âProtesting is your right, but you want to ask that the old farmers be seated, ask them to go home,â he said.
“Mother of Democracy”
Hailing the country as “mother of democracy”, Modi that the youth of the country must realize the value of this aspect. âOur democracy is not a Western institution,â said the Prime Minister. âIt is a human institution. The history of India is filled with examples of democratic institutions.
Suggesting that the nationalist sentiment of the country was threatened, Modi urged the people of the country to take inspiration from the values ââof the motto of “Satyam Shivam Sundaram”.