End agitation, hold talks: Modi to farmers

End agitation, hold talks: Modi to farmers
NEW DELHI, FEB 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 2/8/2021 1:03:15 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the farmers to end their agitation and initiate talks to resolve the issue while assuring that the MSP will continue. He also appealed to the farmers to give the new farm laws a chance and see if these laws bring a positive change to their lives.

“The farmers should end their agitation and sit and talk to resolve the issue,” he said.

Modi while replying to the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address, said that the MSP will continue and so will the monthly ration scheme to 80 crore people. Appealing to the agitating farmers to end their protest, he said talks should be held to resolve the issue.

 “If there is any drawback in the laws, these would be corrected. If there is a loose end somewhere, it will be tightened. Our doors are open for suggestions,” Modi said.

“MSP was there, it is there and it is going to be there in future”, Modi said. He also assured that there was no question of the abolition of distribution of ration through the PDS. He said 82 crore people availed ration from the PDS.

Mandis would be modernized, Modi said and added that a provision had been made in the current budget for this purpose.

He implored the farmers camping at the outskirts of Delhi demanding the repeal of the three farm laws to return home. “It does not feel nice. There are also old people in the gathering,” he said.

Modi also appealed to the MPs to request the agitating farmers to leave. “If the laws produce an adverse impact, pass the blame to me–if the laws work, take all the credit,” he told the opposition MPs and sought their cooperation. “We should not spread misinformation. We have been entrusted with serious responsibility by people,” Modi said.

Farmers ask govt to choose date for talks

Farmer unions agitating against the three agri laws on Monday asked the government to fix a date for the next round of talks, soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to end their stir and invited them to resume the dialogue.
They, however, objected to Prime Minister Modi’s remarks in Rajya Sabha that a new “breed” of agitators called “andolan jivi” has emerged in the country, and said that agitation has an important role in a democracy.
“We have never refused to hold talks with the government. Whenever it has called us for dialogue, we held discussions with Union ministers. We are ready for talks with them (government),” farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka told PTI.
Won’t allow business over hunger: Tikait
Responding to Narendra Modi’s address, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait Monday said that farmers will not allow business over hunger and reiterated the demand for a law on minimum support price (MSP).
Tikait countered the PM’s statement and said that farmers will not allow the price of crops to fluctuate “like the price of a flight ticket changes three to four times a day”.
“There will not be business over hunger in the country. If hunger goes up, price of crops will be decided accordingly. Those wanting business over hunger will be driven out of the country),” he told reporters. He also said that a law stipulating the provision of MSP will be beneficial to all farmers, and added that due to the absence of such a law, traders “loot” farmers by buying crops at lower prices.
PM slams Oppn for U-turn on farm laws
Amid the ongoing farmers’ protest against the Centre’s newly enacted farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused the opposition of taking a U-turn on the farm laws. He said that former Agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, Congress party had favoured agri reforms. 
Stating he was happy that Manmohan Singh was present in the House, Modi said the idea of a “one large common market” for agricultural produce was also envisaged by the former Prime Minister. To substantiate his claim, Modi quoted Manmohan Singh as having said that the existing marketing regime prevented farmers from selling their produce where they could get the highest rate of return.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Rajya Sabha said “Manmohan Singh Ji had made his intentions clear to give farmers the freedom to sell their produce, and have just one market. 
And we are doing it now. You all should be proud. See, what Manmohan Singh Ji had said, Modi is having to do now. (woh Modi ji ko karna pad raha hai). Be proud!” PM Modi said.
“Sharad Pawar ji, and those from Congress, everyone... all governments have stood for agricultural reforms. Whether they were able to do it or not, but everyone has advocated that it should be done,” he said.
PM also said that the need of the hour is to improve the lives of the country’s small farmers and the ruling NDA initiated changes in the agriculture sector since 2014.
Taking a dig at opposition parties for boycotting the President’s address, PM Modi said, “The message was still delivered.” Over a dozen opposition parties had on January 29 boycotted the President’s address.
Modi said that when Congress MP Bajwa was speaking in such detail that “I thought he will reach Emergency (period) shortly and speak on it, he is just one step away from it. But he didn’t go there. Congress disappoints this country a lot, you did that too”.
“I was listening to Derek ji, he had chosen good words - Freedom of Speech, Intimidation. When I was listening to him, I was wondering if he is talking about Bengal or the country. He sees all this for 24 hours, so he might have said the same here too,” he said.
Modi further took a jibe at the Congress party saying that Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had praised the recent elections held in Jammu and Kashmir, and hoped that Congress would take it in the right spirit “Ghulam Nabiji always speaks decently, never uses foul language. We should learn this from him, I respect him for it. He praised elections held in Jammu and Kashmir...I believe your party will take it in the right spirit and not commit the mistake of doing the opposite by listening to suggestions of G-23,” said PM Modi in his reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Rajya Sabha.
PM Modi’s reference to G-23 was about the 23 senior Congress leaders who had written a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi, asking her for changes in the party.
PM Modi further said that “we mustn’t forget what happened with Punjab. It suffered the most during partition”. 
“It cried the most during 1984 riots. They became victims of most painful incidents. Innocents were killed in Jammu and Kashmir. Business of weapons was carried out in North East. All this affected the nation,” he said.

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