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Govt ready to discuss issues concerning farmers with open mind, says Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar 

Updated: December 11, 2020 1:09 pm
Government has said that the farm reforms have been brought forth keeping in mind the best interests of the farmers. Addressing the media in New Delhi, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, government wanted to liberate the farmers from the shackles of mandi so that they could sell their produce anywhere, to anyone, at his own price, outside the purview of mandi. He said, government expressed that it is ready for open-minded discussions on provisions they have objections against. He said, Centre tried to explain to the farmers that laws do not affect APMCs or MSP. He said, they sent proposals to allay concerns over MSP and APMCs but farmers’ leaders rejected those.

The Minister said, government kept waiting for suggestions from farmers’ leaders to address their concerns, but they are stuck on repeal of laws. He also said that during the talks, many said that farm laws are invalid as agriculture is state subject and Centre cannot frame these laws. He said, Centre has clarified that it has the right to make laws on trade and explained that APMC and MSP are not affected by it.

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