Ex-PM Lal Bahadur Shastri’s Grandson Sanjay Nath Singh Extends Assistance to Three Farm Laws
The All India Farmers Association (AIFA) headed by previous Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri’s grandson Sanjay Nath Singh on Wednesday extended assistance to the three new farming laws against which 40 farmers’ unions have been objecting at various borders of the national capital for over a month now. Singh, in a representation made to Union Farming Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, made some tips to the Centre that would be of aid in negotiating with the objecting farm unions in the next round of conference to be held on January 8.
The AIFA suggested establishing of an independent regulatory body to keep an eye on farm agreements, a cost regulatory authority to keep an eye on purchase and list price of farm produce, enforcement of a template of contract arrangement to name a few, he said. “With these recommendations, we request you Sir (Tomar) to work out with farmer leaders to reach an early resolution. We are enthusiastic of you attaining success and demand that the new farm laws are not rolled back,” he said.
Mentioning that the new legislations are a “watershed minute” for Indian agriculture, Singh said though the minimum assistance price (MSP) and APMC mandi system are working well in Punjab, Haryana and parts of western Uttar Pradesh, farmers of these states had “apprehension” about the brand-new laws and the Centre has actually done its finest to “allay” their fears. He even more said “it appears that the vested interest and political opportunists are continuing to mislead them”.
Singh also declared that the brand-new laws are the “method forward” for Indian farming as over years a “farm crisis” had developed due to non-remunerative farming, rate manipulations at the APMC mandis by “beneficial interests specifically at the expense of little and marginalised farmers”.
He further said it was the federal government’s “vibrant choice” to enact these laws which intends to deal with farmers’ problems and liberate them from the “exploitative” mandi system and financial obligation traps which led to over 3.34 lakh farmers’ suicides in between 1995 to 2016 per the National Crime Records Bureau. In the meeting, the Agriculture Minister highlighted the benefits of the brand-new agri laws for small and marginal farmers and the actions being taken towards setting up of farmer manufacturer organisations (FPOs) and farm-gate infrastructure with Rs 1 lakh crore monetary fund plan.
Seven rounds of talks in between the Centre and the protesting farmers held up until now have actually yielded no concrete results, although the federal government yielded to two minor farmers’ demands relating to power subsidy and stubble burning in the December 30 meeting. The opposing farmers have actually threatened to heighten their stir if their primary demands– repeal of the three laws and legal backing to the MSP– are not satisfied.
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