Farm laws in larger interest of farmers: CM Biren

Biren said that any rollback in reforms and development taken up by the government would mean to support any vested interest which, in future would hinder other reforms too.


Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh

The Manipur government strongly support the three farm laws namely the ‘Farmer’s Produced Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020’, ‘The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020’ and ‘The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020’, said Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday.

The chief minister, addressing the media persons at the CM’s Secretariat in Imphal, appealed to the farmers of the nation not to support the current agitation against the three laws.

Biren said that any rollback in reforms and development taken up by the government would mean to support any vested interest which, in future would hinder other reforms too.

Farmers take the opportunity to get a legal guarantee of lucrative Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produces and they wrongly assumed that the government would scrap the MSP, Biren said, adding, "This must be the reason for protest against the bills in some parts of the country".

The chief minister maintained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah had repeatedly given assurance to the farmers that the government had no plans to end the government procurement system or the MSP policy. Fortunately, farmers of Manipur are in support of the three farm bills which were passed by Parliament in September this year, he added.

Biren also stated that the farm laws would benefit the farmers and it would help make purchases with no commission agents and middlemen.

First Published:Dec. 10, 2020, 8:39 p.m.

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