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Odisha CM transfers Rs 800 crore financial assistance to 40 lakh farmers

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India]: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday distributed the financial assistance of Rs 800 crore directly to the bank account of 40 lakh small and marginal farmers of the state.

The transfer was made under Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya and Krishak Diwas.
On the occasion, Chief Minister advised farmers to utilise the money for the cultivation of crops and use it for agriculture purposes only.

“Development of Agriculture and farmers’ welfare is the most important programs of the state government. This year more than Rs 20,000 crore has been provided in the budget for Agriculture,” said Chief Minister.

According to the state government, as many as Eight new agricultural development programs were launched on the occasion including the Jackfruit Mission and ReWARD (Rejuvenating Watershed for Agricultural Resilience through Innovative Development) program, the Millet Mission and the Special Program for the Promotion of Integrated Farming.

A total of Rs 97 crore has been allocated for the promotion of Jackfruit cultivation in nine districts under the Jackfruit Mission and Rs 500 crore has been allocated to increase the productivity of farmland through a scientific watershed program under the ReWARD scheme.

Similarly, Rs 2,808 crore has been provisioned for farmers in 182 blocks of 19 districts under Odisha Millet Mission, while Rs 239 crore has been earmarked for the special program to promote integrated farming among 1.8 lakh farming families in 8 districts. A total of Rs 3,644 crore will be spent on these four programmes.

Chief Minister added that the “state government is stressing on capital investment in agriculture and they will continue with their efforts to develop farming a profitable occupation.”

On this occasion, Chief Minister inaugurated the new ‘Krishak Odisha’ portal for the farming community of the State Farmers can get required services and advice by updating their data on it.

In addition to this, Chief Minister also launched the Go-Sugam portal for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs. This is the first of its kind single Windows platform for farmers in the country.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also signed between the International Food Policy Research Institute and the Department of Agriculture, Odisha to formulate a realistic policy to increase farmers’ incomes in agriculture and allied sectors. (ANI)

 

Telangana: Farmers dump paddy outside BJP MP’s residence

Nizamabad (Telangana) [India]: Farmers staged a protest against the Centre at the residence of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Arvind Dharmapuri, dumping paddy outside his house in the Nizamabad district of Telangana.

The protesting farmers alleged that the Centre has betrayed them by not procuring paddy from them. “He (the BJP MP) is hiding in Delhi and has betrayed us as Dharmapuri’s yet to take cognizance of the paddy procurement issue. The Centre must procure paddy from us,” a farmer told ANI.
Reacting to the protest, Dharmapuri claimed that the people who were agitating at his house were not real farmers, but “daily-wage labourers” hired by Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) MLA Jeevan Reddy.

After Dharmapuri accused the TRS MLA of orchestrating the protest, Reddy said that Telangana farmers are unhappy with the BJP’s “step-motherly treatment”, asking the Centre to explain the efficacy of the “One Nation One Procurement Policy”.

“Telangana farmers are unhappy with the BJP’s step-motherly treatment to the state. We’ll fight for the rights of our farmers. We need an answer from the Centre on the ‘One Nation One Procurement Policy’ and as to when will they start paddy procurement from Telangana,” Reddy said.

However, the Centre on Monday said the procurement in Telangana under the central pool has increased tremendously over the last five to six years.

Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said on Tuesday that the state government has decided to purchase paddy from farmers within three to four days. He requested all the farmers in the state to not sell their crops at a rate lesser than the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

The Telangana government has been demanding from the Centre to procure the entire paddy stock from the State. Last year, a delegation of Ministers from the state met union Ministers to press for the paddy procurement from the state. (ANI)

 

KCR gives 24-hour to Centre to procure paddy from Telangana

New Delhi [India]:  Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Monday issued a warning to the Centre over its paddy procurement policy and said that they would “go after the government” if crops are not “procured uniformly” within the next 24 hours.

The TRS MPs, MLCs, MLAs and other elected representatives are taking part in the “dharna” while raising claims that the “Centre’s policy is discriminatory towards Telangana farmers”.
Addressing the protest, Rao said, “I request Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Piyush Goyal to procure crops uniformly across the country including Telangana. Please buy our food grains. We will wait for the next 24 hours after that we will make a decision and will go after you.”

“I will come back and will discuss the presidential elections and other issues. We will make a decision in the next 2-3 days and then will decide,” he added.

The Chief Minister also warned the Prime Minister against “messing up with the farmers”.

“We have come 2,000 km away from Telangana amid this heat. I warn PM Modi that you can’t mess with farmers. Indian history is a testament that wherever farmers cried, the government loses power. Nobody is permanent…When in power, don’t treat farmers unfairly,” he said.

KCR also hit out at Piyush Goyal and claimed that the latter reacted “harshly” when the state Agriculture Minister had met the Union Minister.

“When our agriculture minister came to Delhi, Piyush Goyal reacted harshly. Goyal asked him to eat broken rice. Piyush Goyal is Piyush Golmaal, I don’t know what he understands,” he said.

Notably, KCR was joined by farmer leader Rakesh Tikait in the protest against the Centre. KCR welcomed his presence and assured him of his state’s support.

“Rajesh Tikait, I want to assure you that the whole of Telangana is with you. Everyone saw the way you protested in Delhi. You also made the Prime Minister apologise,” he said.

Slamming the BJP for the procurement policy, the Chief Minister said that if the government does not frame a new agriculture policy, the public will remove the government.

“Telangana demands its right. I would urge PM to frame a new agriculture policy and we will contribute. If not then the public will remove you and frame a new agriculture policy,” he added. (ANI)

Farmers to observe ‘Virodh Diwas’ on Jan 31 if govt doesn’t respond to its demands: BKU

New Delhi [India] (ANI): Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) on Saturday said that it will observe ‘Virodh Diwas’ on January 31 if the Central Government does not respond to its demands.
Addressing a press conference at the Singhu border today, Yudhvir Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union leader said, “Till now, Centre has neither formed a committee on MSP nor approached us on it. The Government hasn’t removed the MoS whose son is involved in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.” “If the Central Government doesn’t respond to our demands, then we will celebrate ‘Virodh Diwas’ on January 31,” he said.
Reminding the Government about postponing the farmers’ movement, he said, “Our movement was postponed on December 11. The Government has not responded to our demands yet, We will burn effigies on the Government across the country on January 31.”
He further informed that the union will again begin the agitation in Uttar Pradesh from February 1.
“We will visit Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri for 3-4 days from January 21 and meet the affected farmers’ families. We will discuss and form a strategy on the further course of action of our agitation,” BKU leader, Rakesh Tikait said.
Earlier in December last year, the SKM had announced the suspension of their year-long agitation after they received a letter from the Central government, with promises of forming a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and withdrawing cases against them immediately.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill on the first day of the Winter session on November 29. President Ram Nath Kovind had also given his assent to the Bill that completed the process of repealing the three farm laws.
Farmers had been protesting against the farm laws on various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.

PM Modi releases 10th instalment of financial benefit under PM-KISAN scheme

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday released the 10th installment of financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme via video conferencing in the national capital.
During the event, the Prime Minister also released an equity grant of more than Rs 14 crores to about 351 Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), which will benefit more than 1.24 lakh farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the 10th instalment of financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on Saturday via video conferencing.
As per an official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, this is in line with the government’s continued commitment and resolve to empower grassroots-level farmers.
This will enable the transfer of an amount of more than Rs 20,000 crore to more than 10 crore beneficiary farmer families, said PMO.
Meanwhile, addressing the event, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, “Under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, effective from 1st December 2018, the Central Government has so far sent more than Rs 1.61 lakh crore to more than 11.5 beneficiary farmer families in the accounts of farmer families.”
“In the current financial year 2021-22, an amount of more than Rs 65,800 crore has been transferred to the beneficiary farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi PM Kisan Yojana,” added Tomar.
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal four-monthly installments of Rs 2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In this scheme, Samman Rashi of over Rs 1.6 lakh crore has been transferred to farmer families so far.

Big farmers’ protest to take place in West Bengal, says Suvendu Adhikari

Hooghly (West Bengal) [India]: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and leader of opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari on Tuesday said a big farmers’ movement will take place in the state.
Speaking to ANI, Adhikari said, “West Bengal’s condition is bad. There is black marketing of fertilizers and no subsidy on electricity. Three farmers have died by suicide within two months. Mamata Banerjee removed the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana and implemented a third-party scheme. This impacted the farmers badly. A big farmers’ movement will take place in Bengal. There will be a central rally.” West Bengal BJP launched a three-day sit-in at Singur on Tuesday to corner the Mamata Banerjee government over the farmers’ issue in West Bengal.

Locals welcome farmers as they reach Ludhiana after suspending protest against farm laws

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: Locals showered flower petals on farmers as they reached Punjab’s Ludhiana from Delhi on Sunday after suspending their year-long protest against the three farm laws and other related issues.
Before vacating the site, the farmers at the Singhu border did kirtan, while those at the Tikri border were seen dancing to celebrate the success of their protest.
Farmers had been protesting against the farm laws on various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.
On December 9, the Samyukta Kissan Morcha the umbrella body under which the farmers had banded together announced the suspension of their year-long agitation after they received a letter from the Central government, with promises of forming a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and immediate withdrawal of cases against them immediately.
Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait had said that all farmers will be leaving the protest sites by December 15.
The farmers are heading back to their respective states in large convoys of tractors and trucks, in the same way, they arrived at the sites at the Singhu, Ghazipur and Tikri on the outskirts of the national capital a year ago, to protest the Centre’s three agrarian laws.
The farmers will hold a review meeting on January 15. “If the government does not fulfil its promises, we could resume our agitation,” the SKM had said in its statement.
On November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will bring necessary bills in the Winter Session of Parliament to repeal the farm laws.

Amid power shortage, ‘Solar trolley’ helped farmers to continue protest over a year at Ghazipur border

New Delhi [India]: Movable ‘solar trolley’ helped the farmers to continue year-long protest at Ghazipur border against the three farm laws amid power shortage.
Speaking to ANI, Amandeep Singh, said, There was a time when the problem of electricity had to be dealt with because the government had cut the power supply. The farmers came up with a new way and made a solar panel by investing Rs 10 to 12 lakh. Installing the solar panel helped us with charging our mobile phones and gave relief from the intense heat during summer days.”
Speaking about the efficiency of solar power, Amandeep told that once fully charged, it can get work for two days to power air conditioner and cooler.
Jagga Singh, a farmer, said that all the money that has been donated here were being given to the farmers. “We organise langar here and other works in the favour of people. Langars were being organised from the first day of protest.”

Farmers have taken down their settlements and have vacated the borders around Delhi, which were their protesting sites for the last year.

“The protest has come to an end and in the favour of farmers. We are all returning to our homes, now,” added Jagga Singh.
On November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will bring necessary bills in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning later this month to repeal the farm laws.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill on the first day of the winter session on November 29. President Ram Nath Kovind has also given his assent to the Bill that completes the process of repealing the three farm laws.
The farmers were sitting on dharna on the Delhi borders since November 2020 against the three farm laws.

Farmers suspend protest, farm leaders to hold review meet on Jan 15

Singhu Border (New Delhi) [India]: Farmers, who have been protesting against the three farm laws on different borders of Delhi since November 26 last year, announced on Wednesday that they are suspending their year-long agitation and would vacate the protest sites on December 11.
The announcement came after the protesting farmers received a letter from the Central government, with promises of forming a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP) and withdrawing cases against them immediately. “As far as the matter of compensation is concerned, UP and Haryana have given in-principle consent,” it read.
While addressing a press conference, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Charuni said, “We have decided to suspend our agitation. We will hold a review meeting on Jan 15. If government does not fulfill its promises, we could resume our agitation.”
“Protesting farmers will vacate the protest sites on December 11,” another farmers’ leader Darshan Pal Singh said.
On November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will bring necessary bills in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning later this month to repeal the farm laws.
Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill on the first day of the winter session on November 29. President Ram Nath Kovind has also given his assent to the Bill that completes the process of repealing the three farm laws.
The SKM called off a planned tractor march to Parliament on November 29 and said that it would wait until December 4 for the Union government to formally respond to its demands, which it had stated in an open letter to the Prime Minister.

Farmers, farming both have prospered since 2014: Narendra Singh Tomar

New Delhi [India]: Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday informed the Rajya Sabha that both “farmers and farming have prospered since 2014”, the year when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) established a clear majority on its own in the Lok Sabha elections.
Replying during the Question Hour in Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session, Tomar said doubling of Kishan Credit Card (KCC), increasing of Minimum Support Price (MSP) to farmers that is at least 1.5 times the cost of production across all commodities and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme are among various other steps taken by the Modi government so far for the welfare of the farmers. Responding to a question on PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, the Minister said, “It is a continuous scheme and the farmers have to verify themselves to get the benefits of the scheme”.
The Minister said the Centre has provided a sum amounting to around Rs 1.60 lakh crore to around 11.5 crore farmer families under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme so far.
Tomar said a total of 12.5 crore farmers have come under the ambit of the scheme as per the survey and 11.5 crore farmers have availed its benefit so far and the remaining farmers will be soon covered under it.
“Both the farmers and farming have grown towards prosperity since 2014,” said the Minister.
As per the Minister, the government has been running various awareness schemes to benefit the farmers under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme and almost all the farmers have been aware of it.
He further said that the Central government is committed to rolling out the promised sum under the scheme to the bank accounts of all eligible farmers who can register their names to the PM Kisan list to receive the benefits under the flagship scheme of the Central government.
He said the farmers have to register themselves in the farmers’ corner at the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana website for which Common Service Centres (CSC) have been authorised to provide help in each village to register all the farmers under the scheme.
Tomar said the “farmers of West Bengal” have also started registering themselves to the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme.
Small and marginal farmers in the country are given financial assistance of Rs 6,000 every year directly to the bank accounts of eligible farmers under the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme. The sum is transferred in three separate instalments of Rs 2,000 each.
Farmers are awaiting the 10th instalment under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. So far nine instalments of the scheme have been credited to farmers’ accounts and the 10th instalment is likely to be credited around December 15.
The central government is set to release Rs 22,000 crore to the account of farmers as part of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi or PM KISAN Scheme soon.

Centre continues to remain silent over MSP legal guarantee to farmers, says Mayawati

New Delhi [India]: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday said that the Centre continues to remain silent on the demand of providing legal guarantee for the minimum support prices (MSP) of crops to farmers.
Taking to Twitter, Mayawati said, “Centre continues to remain silent on the various problems faced by the farmers including the law on MSP which is being demanded by the farmers. There is also a need for the positive initiative by the central government so that farmers can return to their homes happily.” The BSP chief further lauded the farmers’ victory over their one year protest against three central farm laws after Rajya Sabha passed the ‘Farm Laws Repeal Bill’ on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament.
“The Bill to repeal of three highly-controversial agricultural laws in both the Houses of Parliament today is a result of one year’s intense agitation of the farmers in the country is a real victory for the country’s democracy along with some relief to the farmers,” she further said in a tweet.
Earlier today, the ‘Farm Laws Repeal Bill’ has been passed by Lok Sabha and then by Rajya Sabha.
Notably, the Bill was already circulated among Rajya Sabha members on Friday.
In an address to the nation on November 19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws on the day of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week.
The winter session of Parliament is scheduled to conclude on December 23.

Pass condolence resolution for farmers who died during agitation: Congress writes to Om Birla

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader and Lok Sabha MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Saturday wrote to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to pass a condolence resolution for farmers who died during the agitation against the three farm laws.
“First of all, I would like to wish you on behalf of my party and myself for the smooth conduct of the coming winter session of the Parliament. On the eve of the coming Parliament Session, I would sincerely request you that as a mark of respect towards our ‘Annadata’, the House may unanimously pass a condolence resolution for the farmers who lost their lives during the farmer agitation,” wrote the Congress MP. Chowdhury further said that the passing of the resolution in the House will convey our gratitude for the sacrifice that our farmer brethren have given to the Nation.
The winter session of the Parliament will commence on November 29 and will continue till December 23.
Meanwhile, the farmers protesting against farm laws have postponed the tractor rally scheduled on November 29, the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) said on Saturday.
Addressing a press conference here, Farmer leader Darshan Pal Singh said, “After a meeting, Samyukt Kisan Morcha has decided to postpone the proposed tractor rally to Parliament on November 29.”
A tractor rally was scheduled on November 29 for the Parliament to press for a statutory guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops among other things. Farmers have been protesting against the farm laws on various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will bring necessary bills in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning later this month to repeal the farm laws. The Prime Minister also said that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been listed for introduction and passage. It is among 26 new bills on the agenda of the government. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Tomar urges farmers to return home, says withdrawal of cases, compensation comes under state jurisdiction

New Delhi [India]: Ahead of the tractor march scheduled on November 29 when the Winter Session of Parliament is set to begin, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged the farmers to return home as their demands have been met and said, the “withdrawal of cases registered against the protestors and the issues of compensation comes under the jurisdiction of the state governments.”
This comes after farmers’ unions sought compensation for the farmers who allegedly lost their lives during protests and the withdrawal of cases registered against protestors after the government has announced to withdraw the three farm laws. “As far as cases registered during the protest are concerned, it comes under the jurisdiction of state governments and they will take a decision. State governments will decide on the issue of compensation too, as per their state policy,” Tomar told ANI.
The Agriculture Minister also stated that the demand of the farmer organizations to decriminalize stubble burning has also been accepted by the Centre.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced to constitute a committee to deliberate on the issues of crop diversification, zero-budget farming, and making the MSP system more transparent and effective. This committee will have representatives from farmers’ organizations. With the constitution of this committee, farmers’ demand on MSP stands fulfilled,” Tomar further told ANI.
“After the announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws, there is no point in continuing farmers’ agitation. I urge farmers to end their agitation and return their homes,” he added.
Farmers have been protesting against the farm laws on various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will bring necessary bills in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning later this month to repeal the farm laws. The Prime Minister also said that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been listed for introduction and passage. It is among 26 new bills on the agenda of the government. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
However, Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said that farmers will go home after the government accepts their demand for a law on Minimum Support Price (MSP).
“We will withdraw our protest and will go home after the government accepts our demand for law on Minimum Support Price (MSP). We don’t have the intention to stay put at the Delhi border till January 26. If the government accepts our demand on MSP and compensation for 750 farmers who died during the protest, then we will go back home,” Tikait had said.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha to hold nationwide protests today to mark one year of farmers’ movement

New Delhi [India]: Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmer unions, has organised protests in different states on Friday to mark the first anniversary of the farmers’ movement against three Central farm laws.
As per an official statement from SKM, thousands of farmers will reach the protest sites around Delhi. In Karnataka, the farmers have decided to come onto the streets especially important highways on Friday, said SKM.
It further said, “Protests are planned in approximately 25 locations spanning all districts of Karnataka. Two of the protest locations for this highway will have people from Bangalore also joining rallies in vehicles at Srirangapatna and Chadalapura in Chikballapur district.”
In Tamil Nadu, SKM has planned rallies in all district headquarters jointly with trade unions.
“There will be protest demonstration and meeting in Chennai also. Tractor rallies are being planned into several state capitals like Raipur and Ranchi. In Kolkata in West Bengal, protest events are being organised on November 26. In Patna, the farm unions and trade unions will hold a joint march to the collectorate and submit a memorandum. Meanwhile, thousands of farmers are arriving at the morcha sites around Delhi with tractors and ration and other supplies,” SKM said.
Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws, Union Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday informed that the Union Cabinet led by the Prime Minister has completed the formalities to repeal three farm laws.
Last week, the Prime Minister said that the Centre will bring necessary bills in the winter session of Parliament beginning later this month. The Prime Minister had also announced that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been listed for introduction and passage.
Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three bills on various borders of Delhi since November 26, 2020.
Meanwhile, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait had said that 60 tractors will head to the Parliament in the national capital on November 29 as a part of the tractor march to press for a statutory guarantee of minimum support price (MSP) for crops among other things.
Moreover, the Winter Session of Parliament will commence on November 29 and is expected to continue till December 23.

Centre completes formalities to repeal 3 farm laws

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur on Wednesday informed that the Union Cabinet led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has completed the formalities to repeal three farm laws.
Addressing the cabinet briefing today, Thakur said, “Today, the Union Cabinet led by PM completed formalities to repeal the three Farm Laws. During the upcoming session of the Parliament, it will be our priority to take back these three laws.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had earlier on Friday, announced that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws and bring necessary bills in the winter session of Parliament beginning later this month.
The Prime Minister had also announced that the government will constitute a committee to work on a new framework for Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three farm laws since the Centre had passed the laws in 2020.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 seeks to repeal the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance, Farm Services Act, 2020, and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 has been listed for introduction and passage. It is among 26 new bills on the agenda of the government.

Will ask farmers to go home once they get assurance on MSP says Meghalaya Governor Satyapal Malik

Shillong (Meghalaya) [India]: Meghalaya Governor Satyapal Malik, who was at odds with the Centre and was targeting the Narendra Modi government on the issue of farm protests, has welcomed repealing of the laws and said that the Prime Minister has shown a big heart in taking the decision.
Malik also said that he will explain to farmers that they should not take the fight beyond the Minimum Support Price (MSP) issue. In an interview with ANI, Malik said, “The government must assure farmers on the minimum support price and form a committee. The matter will be resolved and I will urge farmers to go back home after that.”
“Farmers must not stretch protests beyond the MSP issue,” he added.
On being asked why he made remarks taking on the government, despite being in a Constitutional position, he said, “In the past also governors had taken such positions. Governors had toppled elected governments. Why was there silence then?”
“Had the government taken the decision earlier, it would have been more beneficial,” he added.
Malik also said that the decision has not been taken under any political pressure or on opposition influencing the farmers. “Farmers are apolitical and are not influenced by any political party,” he added.
“There is no single incident of stone pelting or even abuses being hurled from farmers’ side. Opposition leaders may have come to support them, but the farmers did not give them space in the movement,” he said.
Regarding the recent row, Malik said, “The day I get any indication from the one who appointed me, I will step down.”
Recently, Malik had said at an event that 600 people died protesting against the three contentious farm laws, but no condolences have come from the Centre.
“Even when an animal dies, Delhi ‘netas’ express condolences, but they could not pass a proposal in Lok Sabha for 600 farmers,” said Malik at an event in Rajasthan’s Jaipur.”
“India has never witnessed such a big protest,” he said about the farmers’ protests.

Farmers to reach Delhi on 30 tractors, says Rakesh Tikait

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that as many as 500 farmers will reach Delhi on 30 tractors on November 29.
He further stated that other details regarding the same will be disclosed after a meeting scheduled to take place on November 26, which marks the first anniversary of the farmers’ protest against the three farm laws, the repeal of which was recently announced by the Centre earlier this month. Speaking to ANI, Tikait said, “On November 29, 500 farmers will go to Delhi on 30 tractors. The details will be provided after a meeting on November 26, which will be marked as the first anniversary of our protest.”
He further said, “We will withdraw our protest and will go home after the government accepts our demand for law on Minimum Support Price (MSP). We don’t have the intention to stay put at Delhi border till January 26. If the government accepts our demand on MSP and compensation for 750 farmers who died during the protest, then we will go back home.”
Regarding election campaigning against the BJP, the farmer leader said, “Campaigning in the election against BJP will be decided only after the Model Code of Conduct is in place. Now, the government is working, let them do it.”

Government should hold talks on MSP, other demands or we will not go home, says farmers’ Rakesh Tikait

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Monday said the farmers’ agitation will continue till the Centre hold talks and resolves their demands including a guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for crops.
Tikait was in Lucknow to attend ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ organised by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers unions on Monday. “It seems that the government does not want to hold discussions with the farmers after the announcement of the rollback of three farms laws. The government should talk to us so that we can start going to our villages,” he told the gathering.
“The agitation will not stop because many of our issues like the MSP guarantee law, seed bill, and milk policy are yet to be resolved. Government should hold talks with us. Otherwise, we will not go home,” he added.
He said it took almost one year to make the “government understand that that the farm laws will harm the farmers, workers and shopkeepers of the country”.
He also alleged that the Centre tried to divide farmers on the issue of farms laws.
“The government tried to create division among farmers. The government said they could not convince ‘some farmers’. Prime Minister also sought an apology (from people). But the apology will not bring farmers the fair price of their produce. Farmers will get the price if a law is made on MSP,” Tikait said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three central farm laws against which farmers were protesting on the borders of Delhi.

Indian economy will face crisis if there is law on MSP, says member of Supreme Court-appointed panel

New Delhi [India]: Indian economy will face a crisis if a law is made for guaranteeing minimum support price (MSP) for crops, Anil Ghanwat, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, said on Monday.
His remarks came amid demands by protesting farmers for legislation on MSP even as they have hailed the decision for withdrawal of three farm laws. “If there is going to be a law (on MSP), we (India) will face a crisis. With the law, if the (procurement) process goes down someday, no one will be able to buy the produce as procuring it at a price lower than the MSP will be illegal and they (traders) will be put in jails for it,” Ghanwat told ANI.
Ghanwat, who is president of Shetkari Sangathan, said both the central government and the farmer leaders should think of some other way to boost farm incomes and that a law on MSP is not a solution.
“It’s going to be a crisis because not only the traders will be harmed but also the stockists and everybody else related to it. Even the commodity market will be disturbed. It will be distorted,” he said.
“We are not against MSP, but open-ended procurement is a problem. We require 41 lakh tonnes of grains for buffer stock but procured 110 lakh tonnes. If MSP law is made, all farmers will demand MSP for their crops and no one will be in a position to earn anything out of that,” he added.
Ghanwat also termed the move to repeal the three farm laws as “unfortunate”.
“Farmers were demanding reforms for the last 40 years. This is not a good step. The existing system of agriculture is not enough,” he said.
“Even if the new laws which were introduced were not very perfect, there were some flaws which needed to be corrected. I think this government had the will to reform agriculture as the earlier governments didn’t have the political will. I hope another committee will be formed comprising of opposition leaders and farm leaders from all states and then new farm laws are discussed in the parliament and should be introduced,” he added.
Ghanwat said that the government has to run the country and do politics as well and noted that the agitation against three farm laws was “also creating a law and order situation”.
“So maybe they must have thought that if the situation will remain like this, then the upcoming Uttar Pradesh election will not be easy for them and they can face losses. So to avert the damage they must have taken this step,” he said.
Ghanwat also suggested that the farmers should diversify their produce and should go for high-value crops which will give them more returns.
“We have to scrap the Essential Commodity Act because it is used as a weapon against farmers. Whenever the prices rise, farmers get some profits, the government intervenes and puts in stock limits. It puts an even higher interest on transportation limits. It imposes export bans. These are the weapons used to reduce the farm produce prices which is hurting the farmers,” he said.
“This (three farm laws) was an effort by this government to give some freedom to agriculture, but unfortunately, we have lost it now,” he added.
The protesting farmers, while welcoming repeal of three farm laws, are seeking remunerative MSP and procurement (at C2+50 per cent level) as a legal entitlement “for all farmers, for all agricultural produce”.

Kisan Mahapanchayat: Lakhimpur Kheri incident, non-payment of dues to sugarcane farmers on agenda

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait said the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella body of farmers unions, will hold a mahapanchayat in Lucknow on Monday on the issues pertaining to the law on MSP guarantee, Lakhimpur Kheri incident, the non-payment of the dues to the sugarcane farmers.
Speaking to ANI on Sunday, Tikait claimed that the crops are not procured by the government as per the Minimum Support Price (MSP). “The panchayat is being held against the incident that took place in Lakhimpur Kheri. The amount has not been paid for the sugarcane, it is related to that as well. More than Rs 4,000 crore is due now. The farmers growing potatoes are upset, the crops are procured as per the MSP. The central government has decided to roll back three laws, the state government should write to the centre regarding other issues. We want the correct price for the crops, withdrawal of the cases that were registered. So the panchayat has been scheduled for all of these,” he said.
The BKU leader said that the ongoing protest in Delhi is not only against the three farm bills but also demanding the MSP guarantee and the electricity amendment bill.
“The protest is ongoing for one year. It is not only against the three bills, it is also about the MSP, the electricity amendment bill and also stubble burning. We had talks on two issues with the centre. They have talked about the three bills now. MSP remains due. Besides, whatever has happened during this one year, we will talk about them as well. 750 farmers have died during this protest. Lakhimpur Kheri incident took place. All of these issues are pending. The Central government should talk about these issues. The making of laws on MSP is also a part of this protest. Unless they don’t talk, the farmers won’t return. Samyukta Morcha has written all of this to the government,” he said.
Tikait gave the message to the farmers that the meetings will be conducted across the country wherever required and added that all of the meetings of the Union will be held as per the schedule despite the Centre’s announcement to roll back the laws.
“I would give the message that the protest is ongoing in Delhi and we will conduct meetings wherever required in the state and across the country. All of our scheduled meetings will be held as per the schedule until the government does not talk to us. The government should release a letter on the issues,” he told ANI.

As farmer’s agitation continues, Rahul Gandhi says people not ready to trust PM’s words due to ‘false rhetoric’

New Delhi [India]: Following the Samyukt Kisan Morcha’s (SKM) announcement to continue the protest till farm laws are repealed, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said people are not ready to trust the words of the Prime Minister due to “false rhetorics”.
Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said, “jhoothe jumale jhel chukee janata pm kee baat par vishvaas karane ko taiyaar nahin! kisaan satyaagrah jaaree hai. #FarmersProtest continues. (The public who has suffered due to false rhetoric is not ready tp trust the words of PM! Farmers Protest continues). Samyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of over 40 protesting farmer unions on Monday held an all delegation meeting and announced that the agitation will continue as per the schedule while adding that it will write an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Briefing media persons, farmer leader Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “We will write an open letter to Prime Minister mentioning the pending demands including MSP Committee, its rights, its time frame, its duties; Electricity Bill 2020 and the withdrawal of cases against farmers. We will also write to him to sack Minister Ajay Mishra Teni over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.
“However, the farmer leader welcomed the step of farm laws rollback announced by Prime Minister Modi and said, “It was a good step, we welcome it. But a lot of things still remain.”
“We discussed repeal of farm laws. After this, some decisions were taken. SKM’s predecided programs will continue as it is – Kisan panchayat in Lucknow on November 22 gatherings at all borders on November 26 and a march to Parliament on November 29,” he said.
Rajewal said that another meeting of SKM will be held on November 27 to discuss way future course of action.
Notably, the Union Cabinet is likely to take up the withdrawal of the three Farm Laws for approval on November 24, the government sources said.
The Bills for withdrawal of the laws will then be introduced in the forthcoming winter session of Parliament which is scheduled to commence from November 29.

Agitation will go on till MSP, other demands resolved by Centre, farmer union leader

New Delhi [India]: Krantikari Kisan Union leader Darshan Pal Singh said on Saturday that their agitation will go on till pending issues of farmers like MSP, rollback of Power Bill 2020 and Air Quality Ordinance are resolved by the Centre.
“The agitation will continue till our pending issues are not addressed. These issues include MSP, rollback of Power Bill 2020, Air Quality Ordinance, withdrawal of cases against us and allocation of land for a memorial dedicated to farmers who died during the agitation. We hope that government will hold talks to resolve these issues,” he told the media here. The repeal of three farm laws was the key demand of protesting farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday that the three bills will be repealed in the forthcoming parliament session.
Darshan Pal Singh said that a meeting of the main body of Samyukt Kisan Morcha will be held on Sunday and all upcoming events of the morcha will go on.
“Our programmes for November 22, November 26 and November 29 will continue as usual. Lucknow rally will be held on November 22. One year of farmer’s agitation will be marked across the country on November 26 and there will be a tractor rally to the Parliament on November 29,” he said.

Samyukt Kisan Morcha to hold scheduled programmes till Nov 29 despite repeal of farm laws, says Rakesh Tikait

New Delhi [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Saturday said that the scheduled programmes of the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) would go on despite the Centre repealing the farm laws.
Tikait was talking to ANI after the conclusion of SKM’s core committee meeting. “The programmes of Samyukt Kisan Morcha, which include Lucknow Mahapanchayat on November 22, an event here on Singhu Border on November 26 and the programme to visit Parliament on November 29 will go on,” Tikait told ANI.
Asked about the meeting, he said that issues like Minimum Support Price (MSP), cases against farmers during the protests and a memorial dedicated to farmers who died during protests were discussed in the meeting.
“We will present these issues to the government whenever it talks to the farmers. We have said that the talks should continue. If this issue is heading towards resolution, it should go that way,” he added.
The farmer leader said that the Centre should have taken the decision to repeal farm laws earlier.
“The longer an agitation goes on, the more is the damage caused to both the sides,” he added.
Regarding Asaduddin Owaisi’s comments on the centre repealing CAA after farm laws, he said, “We are not aware of that. However, they both are ‘maama-fuffi’ and they can talk it out.”
Asked about the remark of Punjab Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu calling Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan his big brother, Tikait said that Sidhu could have had said this since they used to play a lot of cricket with earlier.
Notably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.
Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three farm laws since they were passed by the Centre in 2020, namely The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.
However, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement repealing three farm laws, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday said the farmers’ agitation has not ended. BKU leader Tikait has said that issues like cases against farmers, electricity bills, MSP guarantee need to be resolved before the conclusion of the agitation.

Varun Gandhi urges PM Modi to take ‘immediate decision’ on farmers’ demand

New Delhi [India] : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Varun Gandhi on Saturday welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the three farm laws and has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to “immediately” take a decision on the farmers’ demand for a law on minimum support price (MSP) and their other demands.
“I welcome the announcement of withdrawing three agricultural laws,” said the BJP leader in a Tweet today. He further said, “It is my humble request that now the demand for making a law on MSP and other issues should also be decided immediately so that the farmer brothers should return home respectfully after ending the agitation,” he added.
“I have sent a letter to the respected Prime Minister in this regard,” he added.
The BJP leader’s remarks came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.
Farmers have been protesting the Centre’s three farm laws since they were passed in 2020.
The three farm laws are — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

Centre took decision to repeal farm laws in view of assembly elections, says Sharad Pawar

Chandrapur (Maharashtra) [India]: Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar on Friday said the Centre had taken the decision to repeal farm laws in view of upcoming assembly elections.
Pawar was in Chandrapur to take part in the programme ‘Dialogue with Entrepreneurs’. “As Uttar Pradesh, Punjab elections are nearing and people in Haryana, Punjab started boycotting BJP, they took this decision to repeal the farm laws. We can’t forget that due to this central government, farmers were forced to sit on protest for about one year,” Pawar told reporters on the sidelines of the event.
Punjab and Uttar Pradesh are among five states slated to go to assembly polls early next year.
He said the government had pressed for passage of bills in parliament without adequate discussion.
“As a Union Agriculture Minister for 10 years, I had made this commitment on farm issue which is a state subject, that without taking all stakeholders into confidence, it was not right to bring in any new measure related to farm laws,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that three central farm laws will be repealed and the relevant bills will be brought during the winter session of parliament beginning later this month.

MSP is bigger issue than farm laws, says Navjot Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Congress chief Navjot Singh Sidhu on Friday said that issues related to Minimum Support Price (MSP) are bigger than the farm laws.
Sidhu said if the central government genuinely wants to fulfil its promise of doubling the farmers’ income then it should fulfil the demand for legislation to guarantee a remunerative MSP. “MSP is bigger issue than farm laws, it is the lifeline of Indian farmers … If the central government genuinely wants to fulfil their promise of doubling the farmers income or accepting the C2 formula of Swaminathan report, then they should accede to this demand,” Sidhu said in a tweet.
Hailing the Centre’s decision to repeal the three farm laws, Sidhu termed it as a “step in the right direction”.
He added that the “sacrifice” of the farmers has “paid dividends”.
“Repealing of black laws a step in the right direction …. Satyagraha of Kisan morcha gets historic success…. Your sacrifice has paid dividends…. Revival of farming in Punjab through a roadmap should be the top priority for the Punjab government ….accolades,” Sidhu said.
In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Centre will repeal the three farm laws and bring necessary bills in the winter session of parliament beginning later this month. Farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi against the three farm laws.

“Centre had no other option”

New Delhi [India]: Karnataka Congress president DK Shivakumar welcomed the Centre’s decision to repeal the farm laws and said that the Centre had no other option for safeguarding the interests of their party and the government.
KPCC president Shivakumar, who is in Delhi, termed the withdrawal of farm laws as a victory for farmers and the Congress party. Speaking to ANI, Shivakumar said, “In my opinion, this is not a big decision. The Centre had no option left to save their party, their government. This decision was needed to safeguard the country’s interests.”
Shivkumar further added, “The decision earlier had been taken against the interest of the country and the farmers. Earlier, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke on record that the Centre had no option left but to repeal these laws.”
The state Congress supremo further said that this agitation had been going on for almost a year. “Many people lost their lives. Lakhs of the people did not opt to work in the farm, agriculture activities, business, production, family and were just fighting for their right,” he said.
“Today is the victory of all the farmers. Now, I appeal to the Centre to compensate all those who lost their lives in this farmers’ movement,” the Congress leader said. The Congress leader further said that it is likely that the decision was taken in view of the upcoming assembly elections in 2022.
In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.
Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three farm laws since they were passed by the Centre in 2020.
The three farm laws are as follows: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely. The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

PM Modi hits out at opposition, says keeping farmers entangled in problems has been basis of some political parties

Mahoba (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Hitting out at the opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that keeping farmers entangled in problems has been the basis of some political parties.
Addressing a public meeting here, the Prime Minister said the government of parties run by families did not want to fulfil the requirements of farmers. He said while these parties practice “politics of problems” the BJP practices “politics of solutions”.
“The governments run by parties of families wanted to keep farmers in problems. They used to make announcements in the name of farmers, but even a pie did not reach them. From PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, we have sent 1. 62 crore rupees directly to the bank accounts of farmers so far,” the Prime Minister said.
“To always keep farmers entangled in problems has been the basis of some political parties. They do politics of problems while we do of solutions. The solution to Ken-Betwa link has been found by our government. We found the solution after talking to all sections,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the government has taken steps for the welfare of farmers at every level – from seeds to the market.
The Prime Minister made the remarks hours after he announced the repeal of three farm laws. In his address to the nation on Friday morning, he also said that the government will complete the constitutional process to repeal the three agricultural laws in the winter session of parliament that begins later this month.
Farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws since they were passed last year.
During his visit to Mahoba district in Uttar Pradesh, the Prime Minister dedicated various developmental projects including the Arjun Sahayak Project, Ratauli Weir Project, Bhaoni Dam Project and Majhgaon-Chilli Sprinkler Project. The cumulative cost of these projects is more than Rs 3250 crore and these will help in irrigation of around 65,000 hectares of land in Mahoba, Hamirpur, Banda and Lalitpur districts. These projects will also provide potable drinking water to the region.

‘Centre should apologize to farmers’ : Manish Sisodia

New Delhi [India] : Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the Centre should have repealed the three farm laws a year ago and urged the government to apologize to farmers.
This comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in the day announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws. “The central government should have taken this decision a year ago. The farmers struggled for a year protesting on the roads in winter, rain, and even in times of COVID-19 pandemic and dengue outbreak. The government should apologize for this. The government should also apologize to families of farmers who died during the protests. The government should also apologize for remarks on farmers calling them terrorists, Khalistanis,” Sisodia told ANI.
Taking to Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader congratulated the farmers on the success of their movement.
“Congratulations to the farmers and the farmers’ movement. Your one year long non-violent movement forced the autocratic government to bow down. The central government had to finally bow before the hundreds of farmers who lost their lives,” he wrote in Hindi.
Farmers have been protesting against the government’s three farm laws since they were passed by the Centre in 2020.
The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

Through Satyagraha, farmers made arrogance bow its head: Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi [India] : Congratulating the farmers of the country, shortly after Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation announced the repeal of the three Central farm laws, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that farmers’ ‘Satyagraha’ forced arrogance to bow its head.
The Congress leader tweeted in Hindi, “With their satyagraha, annadata of the country made arrogance bow its head. Congratulations on this victory against injustice.” The announcement of the repeal of the three farm laws comes ahead of the crucial Assembly elections in Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur scheduled to be held early next year.
Among these states, farmers from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh were protesting across Delhi’s borders for the past one year.
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana and UP had arrived at the Delhi border on November 26, 2020, demanding the repeal of three farm laws — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act.

Victory for Farmers’ Movement, Farm Laws to be taken back

New Delhi [India]: In a major move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced the repealing of the three Central farm laws.
In his address to the nation, PM Modi said, “Today I want to tell everyone that we have decided to repeal all three farm laws.” Farmers have been protesting the government’s three farm laws since had passed the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.
The three farm laws are– The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act provides for setting up a mechanism allowing the farmers to sell their farm produces outside the Agriculture Produce Market Committees (APMCs). Any licence-holder trader can buy the produce from the farmers at mutually agreed prices. This trade of farm produces will be free of mandi tax imposed by the state governments.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Act allows farmers to do contract farming and market their produces freely.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act is an amendment to the existing Essential Commodities Act.

Darshan To Spend A Day With Farmers On Sunday

Challenging Star Darshan, who is band ambassador of Karnataka Agriculture Department, will be spending a day with farmers in Hirekeruru taluk of Haveri district. He will be accompanied by Minister for Agriculture B C Patil.

The event which was supposed to be held in the first week of November was pushed owing to the untimely death of Puneeth Rajkumar. Darshan will discuss regarding various issues pertaining to agriculture and how they can use government schemes to achieve profit in agriculture sector. Darshan who houses many animals in his farm like cows, horses, emu, peacocks and several species of birds was roped in as brand ambassadors of Karnataka Agriculture Department to popualrize agricultural schemes. He is also the brand ambassador of Karnataka Forest Department.

On career front, Darshan has begun shooting for Kranti which touches upon education system. The project marks his collaboration with music director V Harikrishna for the second time. He is sharing screen space with Rachita Ram for the second time in his career. The movie is produced by Shyalaja Nag.

SC begins hearing cases relating to Lakhimpur Kheri violence

New Delhi [India] : The Supreme Court began hearing the cases related to the October 3 violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Lakhimpur Kheri, where eight persons, including four farmers, were killed during a farmers’ protest.
The Supreme Court told the Uttar Pradesh government that both Lakhimpur Kheri incidents – mowing down of protesting farmers by a vehicle and the lynching of the accused – have to be probed and taken to a logical conclusion. Senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for the Uttar Pradesh government told the Supreme Court that lab reports will come by November 15.
“Only Ashish Mishra’s phone has been seized what about others?,” asks Supreme Court from the Uttar Pradesh government.
Earlier, the Apex Court directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide protection to the witnesses in the violence.
A single-member Commission of Enquiry with headquarters at Lakhimpur Kheri has been constituted to investigate the death of eight persons in Lakhimpur Kheri.
Uttar Pradesh government has appointed retired Allahabad High Court judge Pradeep Kumar Srivastava as a single-member Commission to inquire about the incident and probe to be completed within a period of two months.
Local farmers blame Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Kumar Mishra ‘Teni’ and his son for the violence that left eight dead, including four farmers a local journalist and others. They were mowed down by a vehicle that was part of the convoy of the minister in Lakhimpur Kheri in north-central Uttar Pradesh.
Videos are also being circulated on social media where a Mahindra Thar was seen knocking down protesters from behind.
The minister and his son deny the charges. Ashish Mishra and 20 others have been booked for murder but have not been arrested yet.

Farmers are watching arrogance of the government, says Priyanka Gandhi

New Delhi [India]: Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday highlighted the various issues of farmers in Uttar Pradesh and said that on one hand, the farmers are dying standing in the queue for fertilizers in Bundelkhand while on the other hand, MoS Ajay Mishra Teni, father of Ashish Mishra who is an accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, is standing on the stage of Lucknow with the Home Minister.
Vadra added that the farmer of the country are watching the arrogance of the Uttar Pradesh government. “Here in the entire Bundelkhand, farmers are giving their lives standing in line for fertilizer. There in Lakhimpur a minister’s son crushes several farmers with a jeep and his father is standing on the stage of Lucknow with the Home Minister. The farmer of the country is watching your arrogance,” said Vadra in a tweet (roughly translated from Hindi).
Congress general secretary Vadra met the families of four farmers who allegedly fell ill and died while waiting in the queue for purchasing fertilizers. The Bundelkhand region is facing agricultural fertilizer scarcity.

Priyanka slams UP govt

Lalitpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for ignoring the interests of the farmers, alleging that there is a ‘severe’ shortage of fertilisers in the Bundelkhand region.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met the families of 4 farmers who allegedly fell ill and died while waiting in the queue for purchasing fertilizers. The Bundelkhand region is facing agricultural fertilizer scarcity. “Lesser quantity of fertiliser is now being given in sacks and the price has been increased. What will farmers do?. This is not the issue of these four farmers alone, but rather the entire Bundelkhand,” she said
Farmers have a lot of issues but the government is not listening. It has failed and ignored its farmers. They know that farmers are on roads for months. Farmers are being mowed down by vehicles,” Vadra said.
Vadra has reached Lalitpur where she will meet families of the deceased farmers who allegedly died due to shortage of fertilisers in the region.

Priyanka Gandhi meets kin of four farmers who died waiting for fertiliser in UP’s Lalitpur

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday met the families of four farmers in Uttar Pradesh’s Lalitpur, who allegedly fell ill and died while waiting in a queue for purchasing fertilizer.
Earlier in the day, the Congress leader claimed that the entire Bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh is facing a severe shortage of fertiliser. On Thursday, the Congress leader interacted with porters at Charbagh railway station in Lucknow.
During the interaction, the porters told Vadra about the problems related to their livelihood and the economic blow they faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The visit of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is the All India Congress Committee general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, to Lalitpur comes ahead of the Assembly elections scheduled to be held in the state early next year.

“Centre should provide MSP”

Jhunjhunu (Rajasthan) [India]: Meghalaya Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday said that if the Centre would provide a Minimum Support Price (MSP) guarantee through a law, they can resolve the farmers’ agitation against the farm laws.
Pointing out that the agitating farmer would not compromise on less than the MSP guarantee law, Malik said that it is the only thing that farmers need. “If the government (Centre) provide MSP guarantee through a law then it can be resolved (farmers’ agitation against the three farm laws). There is only one thing so why are you (Centre) not fulfilling it? They (farmers) will not compromise on less than MSP,” he said.
Farmers have been protesting nationwide since November 26 last year against the three newly-enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

‘Rail-roko’ Agitation

New Delhi [India]: The Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) has called for a six-hour-long nationwide ‘Rail roko’ agitation on Monday demanding the removal of Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs Ajay Mishra Teni from the Union Cabinet over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, in which his son Ashish Mishra Teni is an accused.
A statement issued by the umbrella body of farmers’ unions on Sunday read, “To press for its demand for Ajay Mishra’s dismissal and arrest, so that justice can be secured in Lakhimpur Kheri violence, SKM has announced a nation-wide rail roko program on October 18.” “SKM put out a call to its constituents to stop rail traffic for six hours on October 18, between 10 am and 4 pm. SKM asked for this action to be taken up peacefully, without any destruction and damage of any kind to any railway property,” it further read.
The statement said, “SKM has been demanding the dismissal of Ajay Mishra Teni from the council of Ministers. It is very apparent that with Ajay Mishra being the MoS for Home Affairs in the Union Government, justice cannot be secured in this matter.”
“He promoted hatred, enmity and communal disharmony between Hindus and Sikhs in his speeches. It is his vehicles that were used to mow down peaceful protestors. He harboured his son and accomplices even as the police was issuing summons to Ashish Mishra,” it added.
A total of eight people including four farmers died in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence. SKM had alleged Ashish Mishra shot a farmer while the others were run over by the vehicles of his convey.
However, MoS Teni had refuted the allegations saying that his son was not present at the site of the incident. Ashish reiterated the same and refuted SKM’s allegations.
Later, three people, including Ashish Mishra, were arrested in the case.
Accused Ashish Mishra has been sent to jail by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) after being produced before the Crime Branch on October 14.

Khattar blasts farmers

Chandigarh (Haryana) [India]: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday asked the state unit of BJP’s Kisan Morcha to ‘pick up sticks’ and to use ‘tit for tat’ methodology against the protesting farmers.

Addressing the unit here, Khattar asked them to form volunteer groups of 700-1000 farmers at different places of the state.
“Do not worry…when you remain there (in jail) for a month, three months or six months, you will become big leaders, your names will be etched in history,” he said.

The Chief Minister, referring to the impact of the ongoing farmers’ agitation, said that the problem is limited to the northern and western districts of Haryana, while it is not as much in the southern districts.

Notably, Khattar also said that if a protest has to be suppressed, it can be done through one government order, but those protesting are “our own people and not enemies”.

Mentioning that there have been several amendments to the Constitution in the past too, the Chief Minister, while referring to the farm laws said that if any lacunae remain even after their implementation, the legislation can always be amended.

Khattar called the ‘adamant approach’ of the farmers on the repeal of the laws incorrect, and said, “Even today, amendments (in the farm laws) can be done. But in a democratic setup, the approach to remain adamant is not right.”

Farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the three enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. (ANI)

“Govt lies that it’s open to dialogue”

Raipur (Chhattisgarh) [India]: Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Wednesday said that Government lies to the media that it is open to dialogue on the issue of ongoing farmers agitation.
Addressing a press conference here, Tikait said, “Government lies to media that it is open to dialogue but farmers are not. They want to hold conditional dialogue, in which farmers will not participate. They said farm laws would not be rolled back. It means they have already drafted the agreement and farmers just have to sign it.” Asked about his statement against media, Tikait said, “I had said something yesterday which was misinterpreted. I actually meant that the next target of the Centre is media houses. We have never said anything against media.”
Rakesh Tikait on Tuesday had said media houses will be the next target and will suffer if they do not support farmers’ protest.
“Everyone should join us. The next target will be media houses. If you want to be saved then join us, else you will also suffer. We will raise the issues of (farmers from) Chhattisgarh. The biggest problem is of MSP in the country. We will raise this issue. We will talk about how vegetable farmers of state can be benefited more and what policies need to be made for them,” Tikait told mediapersons after arriving in Raipur.
Earlier on Monday, a call for ‘Bharat Bandh’ was given by several farmer unions in protest against the three farm laws introduced by the Centre last year.
Rakesh Tikait had termed Bharat Bandh’s call a “success” and claimed that the people supported the shutdown in large numbers.
Farmers have been protesting at different sites since November 26 last year against the three enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.

Naqvi : Farm leaders “confused”

New Delhi [India]: Union Minister for Minority Affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Wednesday slammed the protesting farmers and called their leaders “confused.”
“They said the MSP was going to be abolished but, the government guaranteed that such was not the case. Then, they said that the mandi system will come to an end however, the mandis are even more prosperous and fruitful now. They even tried to incite a misconception about the lands that farmers own, although the guarantee about the land is already inscribed in the laws,” Naqvi told ANI. “Hence, the farmers don’t have any issue to protest over and this is all actually meaningless. The farmer leaders themselves are confused and want to confuse others as well,” Naqvi added.
He also lashed out at the farm leaders saying, “Some people are in the misbelief that they are the only ones benevolent to farmers and are their greatest leaders.”
Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains.

Tikait :Protest to Continue

Karnal (Haryana) [India]: Protesting farmers gathered around mini secretariat here in support of their demands after break down of talks with the district administration over their call for action against officials allegedly involved in lathicharge on August 28.
They announced that they will continue their sit-in at the mini secretariat till the government talks to them over their demands and accepts them. “We have captured the gate and want to take some rest. It is up to the government now as to when they want to talk. We are sitting here peacefully till then,” said BKU leader Rakesh Tikait.
Farmers breached police barricades as they reached the mini secretariat.
Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav said they will continue their protest till the government accepts their demands.
“Despite various obstacles, we have ‘gheraoed’ the mini secretariat and will continue our protest peacefully till the government accepts our demands. Our fight is with the government not with the police officials,” he said.
“Today we had three meetings with the district administration but no fruitful discussion took place,” he added.
The protesting farmers had gathered at Karnal for mahapanchayat over their demands.
Rakesh Tikait said in a tweet that police had taken him custody but had to release him in view of the enthusiasm of the youth. “I am present at the secretariat with the farmers, the fight will continue,” he said.
The protesting farmers faced police deployment while heading to the mini secretariat.
Earlier Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had expressed hope about reaching a solution through talks.
The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, which is leading the agitation against three new farm laws, had given a call for ‘gherao’ of the secretariat on Tuesday demanding registration of an FIR against officials who had allegedly ordered a lathicharge on agitators during their protest against a BJP event in Karnal on August 28.
Mobile internet and SMS services have been suspended in Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Jind and Panipat till September 7 midnight to curb the “spread of inflammatory material and rumours” during the protest.
Security had also been beefed up in the new Anaj Mandi area in Karnal.

Won’t leave Delhi borders until demands fulfilled, even if protest site turns into our graveyards: Rakesh Tikait

Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India]: Asserting that the farmers’ agitation against the three new farm laws shall continue until the Central government fulfills their demands, Bharatiya Kisan Union (Arajnaitik) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday said that the farmers will not leave the Delhi borders till “they emerge victorious”.

Addressing a Kisan Mahapanchayat here today organized by the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, Tikait said, “We take a pledge that we will not leave the protest site there (at Delhi’s borders) even if our graveyard is made there. We will lay down our lives if needed, but will not leave the protest site until we emerge victorious.”
“When the Government of India will invite us for talks, we will go. But, the farmers’ agitation will continue until the Government fulfill our demands. The struggle for Independence continued for 90 years. This agitation, it seems, will also go on for long,” said the BKU (Arajnaitik) leader.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar stated that 25 companies of PSC and 20 officers under the Meerut zone were deployed in view of the mahapanchayat.

“We’ve assured all arrangements. 25 companies of PSC and 20 officers under the Meerut zone have been deployed. We issued traffic alerts for the smooth movement of traffic. We are monitoring the situation,” said ADG Kumar.

“Appropriate arrangements have been made in view of the Kisan Mahapanchayat in Muzaffarnagar on Sunday to ensure that no law and order problem arises. There is a possibility of farmers from neighbouring states Haryana, Punjab, and Uttarakhand also attending the gathering,” Director General of Police Mukul Goel told reporters.

While speaking to ANI, a farmer from Haryana who had come to participate in the mahapanchayat, said, “Our Prime Minister has no respect for the farmers. What type of king is Modi Ji if he is making the farmers sit in the winter? “

A woman farmer present at the mahapanchayat said, “We have gathered here demanding repeal of the three farm laws. We request the PM to take back the three laws.”

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha’s ‘Kishan Mahapanchayat’ was held at the Government Inter College grounds in Muzaffarnagar.

A woman farmer from the Jind district of Haryana said, “We have gathered here demanding repeal of the three farm laws. We request the PM to take back the three laws.”

The farmers have been demanding the repeal of the laws which they are afraid will do away with the MSP system, leaving them at the mercy of big corporations.

Farmers have been protesting on the different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws: Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Farmer leaders and the Centre have held several rounds of talks but the impasse remains. (ANI)

200 booked for protesting at Sukhbir Singh Badal’s rally

Moga (Punjab), [India] September 3 (ANI): First Information Reports were registered against 17 farmer leaders in Punjab’s Moga district on their names while 200 more unknown people were booked over protest outside Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sukhbir Singh Badal’s rally, said a police official on Friday.

Farmers staged a protest against SAD president in Moga district yesterday. They had breached the security and pelted stones, according to Dhruman Nimbale, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Moga Police Station.
“Farmers had breached security, pelted stones at police in Moga. FIR were registered under IPC sections and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act. 17 farmer leaders and more than 200 others booked,” the SSP told reporters. (ANI)

Harsimrat Kaur slams Haryana govt over remark

Ludhiana (Punjab) [India]: Taking a dig at Haryana government over Karnal sub-divisional magistrate Ayush Sinha’s instructions to policemen to “crack” the heads of protesting farmers in a viral video, Shiromani Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Monday said that the time has come for the people to oppose a government that conspires with its officials to break farmers’ heads.
Speaking to the media, Kaur said, “Time has come for the people to oppose a government that conspires with its officials to break farmers’ heads. People should support farmers and not vote for such a government.” Haryana Police lathi-charged protesting farmers near the Bastar toll plaza on Saturday, where they gathered in large numbers to protest against a programme that Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was scheduled to attend.
Following the incident, a clipping of a video went viral on social media, which was also tweeted by BJP MP from Pilibhit Varun Gandhi, in which Karnal SDM Ayush Sinha could be purportedly seen instructing policemen to “crack their (protesting farmers’) heads” to prevent them from moving forward and not to let anyone breach the security cordon.
“No matter what happens, nobody will cross this barricade. We could not let this line be breached at any cost. Let me make it clear, break the heads of all those who try to cross. I am the duty magistrate, and I’m giving you these instructions in writing. Hit them with your cane straightaway…We have enough force available. We haven’t slept for the past two days. But you have come here after taking some sleep. No one should break the cordon and reach me,” Sinha said in the video.
Later issuing clarification on the viral clipping, Sinha told ANI that, “Stone pelting had started at many places… It was said during the briefing to use force proportionately.” Several farmers were injured during the police action on Saturday.

“Govt taking decisions in farmers’ interest”

New Delhi [India]: Ever since its formation, the PM Narendra Modi-led government has been taking decisions in the interest of farmers, said BJP Kisan Morcha president Rajkumar Chahar and MP Vijay Pal Singh Tomar on Thursday.
“I want to thank PM Modi for increasing the Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) which is paid on sugarcane to Rs 290 per quintal which will be based on a 10 per cent recovery. When the recovery increases beyond 10 per cent, then on every point 1 per cent rise, additional Rs 2.90 is paid per quintal. Even if a farmer has less than 9.5 per cent recovery, their Fair and Remunerative Price (FRP) will be Rs 275 per quintal,” said MP Vijay Pal Singh Tomar at a press conference. Tomar further said, “During the UPA government sugarcane was imported from Brazil but when the Modi government came we imposed a 100 per cent import duty and promoted the export of sugarcane by giving incentives to the farmers and as a result, there is surplus production and a record high export of 55 lakh tonnes sugarcane was done in last year.”
When PM Modi came to power, the rate of sugarcane was Rs.2300 per quintal and payments of more than two years were pending but today out of Rs 91,000 crores, more than 85,000 crores payments have been made and the rest will be made soon and both production and payments of farmers have increased during PM Modi government,” added Tomar.
He further said, “During UPA government the production of ethanol was 38 crores litre per year but now 400 crores litre production is there and to make ethanol from the sugarcane, the Modi govt gave Rs 4500 crore package to the sugar mills as a soft loan and most of the mills have started the production of ethanol from sugarcane. More than 8 per cent ethanol is now mixed in petrol and it’s PM Modi dream to include at least 20 per cent till 2025 as it will boost the financial conditions of the sugarcane farmers and reduce India’s import of petrol and also save the environment by generating less pollution”.

“Oil Palm will be ‘game-changer’ in helping farmers”

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm will be a ‘game-changer’ in helping farmers and achieving Aatmanirbhar Bharat.
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister on Wednesday gave its approval to launch the National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm (NMEO-OP), a new centrally sponsored scheme with a special focus on the Northeast region and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. “Today’s Cabinet decision on National Mission on Edible Oils – Oil Palm will be a game-changer when it comes to helping oil palm farmers and creating an Aatmanirbhar Bharat. The Northeast, and Andaman and Nicobar Islands will especially benefit from this,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.
A financial outlay of Rs 11,040 crore has been made for the scheme, out of which Rs 8,844 crore is the central government share and Rs 2,196 crore is state share and this includes the viability gap funding also.
Under this scheme, it is proposed to cover an additional area of 6.5 lakh hectare (ha) for oil palm till the year 2025-26 and thereby reaching the target of 10 lakh hectares ultimately. The production of Crude Palm Oil (CPO) is expected to go up to 11.20 lakh tonnes by 2025-26 and up to 28 lakh tonnes by 2029-30.
The government believes the scheme will immensely benefit the oil palm farmers, increase capital investment, create employment generation, shall reduce the import dependence and also increase the income of the farmers.
According to the government, there are two major focus areas of the scheme. The oil palm farmers produce Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFBs) from which oil is extracted by the industry. Presently the prices of these FFBs are linked to the international CPO prices fluctuations. For the first time, the Government of India will give price assurance to the oil palm farmers for the FFBs. This will be known as the Viability Price (VP). This will protect the farmers from the fluctuations of the international CPO prices and protect them from volatility.
This VP shall be the annual average CPO price of the last 5 years adjusted with the wholesale price index to be multiplied by 14.3 per cent. This will be fixed yearly for the oil palm year from November 1 to October 31. This assurance will inculcate confidence in the Indian oil palm farmers to go for the increased area and thereby more production of palm oil. A Formula Price (FP) will also be fixed which will be 14.3 per cent of CPO and will be fixed on a monthly basis. The viability gap funding will be the VP-FP and if the need arises, it would be paid directly to the farmers’ accounts in the form of DBT.
The government said the second major focus of the scheme is to substantially increase the assistance of inputs/interventions. A substantial increase has been made for planting material for oil palm and this has increased from Rs 12,000 per ha to Rs 29000 per ha. A further substantial increase has been made for maintenance and inter-cropping interventions. Special assistance at Rs 250 per plant is being given to replant old gardens for rejuvenation of old gardens.

Supplementary Budget: UP govt committed to pay every penny of sugarcane farmers

Lucknow, Aug 18: The Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh has made provision of additional budget in the supplementary budget giving special attention to the sugarcane farmers here on Wednesday.

In the supplementary budget, the Uttar Pradesh Government has made a loan arrangement for the sugar mill of the Co-operative Sugar Mills Association to make the payment of due cane price of farmers. Through this, the state government is going to give further impetus to sugarcane yield and the sugar production in the state.

Among the biggest policy triumphs of the Yogi Government in Uttar Pradesh has been it’s resolve to transform the lives of farmers and making them self-reliant and prosperous.

Over 45.74 lakh sugarcane farmers in Uttar Pradesh have been paid a record cane price payment of more than Rs 1,40,000 crore between 2017-2021 which indicates the pro-farmer stance of the government.

The payment made by the BJP-led UP government is twice the amount that was made by the former Bahujan Samaj Party government and 1.5 times more than the Samajwadi Party government.

As soon as the Yogi Government came to power, it changed the fate of sugarcane farmers by making a record payment. There are more than 45.74 lakh sugarcane supplier farmers in the state and about 67 lakh farmers are associated with sugarcane cultivation.

The state government has crushed more than 3,868 lakh tonnes of sugarcane in UP with a record production of 427.30 lakh tonnes of sugar, including three previous crushing seasons and the current crushing season 2020-21.

The Yogi Adityanath government has also cleared arrears worth Rs 10,661 crore, pending since the Akhilesh government, to cane farmers.

Sugar mills that got shut during the previous governments were revived by the Yogi Adityanath government and the state now ranks first in sugar production in the country.

In another record production, a total of 261.72 crore litres of ethanol has been produced in the state through 54 distilleries between 2017 and January 2021.

Today, 47 per cent of the sugar production in the country is being produced in Uttar Pradesh. The sugarcane sector contributes 8.45 per cent to the state’s GDP and 20.18 per cent to the GDP of the agriculture sector. Even during the lockdown, not a single sugar mill was closed in the state. Production continued in all 119 sugar mills.

Small farmers prioritised

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that small farmers are now being given utmost priority in the formulation of agricultural policies in the country.
Addressing the nation after releasing an instalment of financial benefits under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, PM Modi said in the last few years, serious efforts were being made to provide convenience and security to these small farmers. “Under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, Rs one lakh sixty crore has been given to farmers so far. Out which Rs one lakh crore were transferred to small farmers during the pandemic period. More than 2 crore Kisan Credit Cards were issued during the Corona period, most of them to small farmers,” said the Prime Minister.
He said the small farmers will also be benefitted from the agriculture infrastructure and connectivity infrastructure that is coming up in the country.
“Initiatives like Food Parks, Kisan Rails and Infrastructure Fund will help small farmers. In the year gone by, more than 6,000 projects have been approved under the Infrastructure Fund. These steps increase the small farmer’s access to the market and his bargaining power through FPOs,” said the Prime Minister.
He called for changes in Indian agriculture according to the demands of changing times and lauded the farmers for record production during the pandemic and outlined the government’s measures to reduce the hardships of farmers during the difficult period.
“The Government ensured uninterrupted supply of seeds, fertilizers and access to markets. Urea was available throughout and when prices of DAP increased manifold in the international market, the government immediately arranged 12000 crore rupees for that so that the load is not felt by the farmers,” PM Modi said.

PM-KISAN: PM Modi releases next installment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the next installment of financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme on Monday via video conferencing.

New Delhi [India], August 9 : Prime Minister interacted with farmer-beneficiaries during the event and also addressed the nation. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was also present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Tomar said the nation is a witness to the fact that Prime Minister Modi has been continuously working for the all-around development of the nation.
He also congratulated all athletes who won medals at the Tokyo Olympics on behalf of all farmers and said, “Before Olympics was held this year, PM Modi had discussions with the athletes and players and he encouraged them. As a result of the hard work and dedication of players and the Prime Minister’s encouragement, India bagged many medals at Olympics. It won’t be an exaggeration if I say that this is India’s best performance in the history of the Olympics.”
Under the PM-KISAN scheme, a financial benefit of Rs 6,000 per year is provided to the eligible beneficiary farmer families, payable in three equal four-monthly installments of Rs 2,000 each.
The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In this scheme, Samman Rashi of over Rs 1.38 lakh crores has been transferred to farmer families so far.
Earlier, on May 14, Prime Minister Modi released the 8th instalment of financial benefit under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme via video conferencing.

AAP firmly supporting farmers’ movement : Jarnail Singh

Chandigarh, Aug 2: Reacting to the ongoing farmers’ movement, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Punjab affairs incharge Jarnail Singh said the AAP is the first political party in the country, opposing the contentious farm laws at all levels since its drafting.
Interacting with the media at the party headquarters here on Monday, Jarnail Singh said the AAP’s national convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has given clear directions to the party leaders in Punjab and in all states, that the farmers’ movement is a pious and non-political movement for the survival of the ‘annadatas’ and the preservation of the land.
“So for the further strengthening and upliftment of this movement, every leader and volunteer of the party should set aside the party’s flag and agenda and continue to support this movement at all levels with body, heart and money, until the farmers return home waving the flag of victory,” he added.
The AAP leader said that this message of Arvind Kejriwal was being conveyed by the party to the leaders and volunteers at all levels.
He said the Modi government should give up its stubbornness and repeal all the three anti-agriculture laws.
On the occasion, Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema, MLAs Meet Hayer, Prof Baljinder Kaur, Rupinder Kaur Ruby, state general secretary Harchand Singh Barsat and state treasurer Neena Mittal were also present.

PM Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana

New Delhi [India]: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) in Gujarat on Tuesday.
As per Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), PM Modi will interact with beneficiaries of PMGKAY at 12:30 PM via video conferencing. “A public participation programme is being launched in the state to create further awareness about the scheme,” said the PMO.
PMGKAY is a food security welfare scheme that was envisaged by the Prime Minister to provide assistance and help mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19.
Under PMGKAY, 5 kilograms per person additional food grain is given to all beneficiaries covered under National Food Security Act.

Protesting farmers, BJP workers engage in scuffle at Delhi’s Ghazipur border

Farmers protesting at the Ghazipur border in Delhi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Wednesday engaged in scuffle here. According to details available with India TV, farmers attacked BJP workers as they arrived here to welcome Amit Valmiki. Valmiki was recently appointed as secretary of the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit.

Visuals show that farmers vandalised vehicles of BJP workers with rods and had a scuffle with the saffron party supporters. The scuffle broke out on the flyway.

Meanwhile, the Bhartiya Kisan Union has alleged that BJP workers gathered at the Ghazipur flyway and raised slogans against farmers’ agitation. The union accused the saffron party of trying to defame agitation by provoking violence.

Farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been protesting against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. They have alleged that these laws will end the mandi and MSP procurement systems and leave the farmers at the mercy of big corporates, even as the government has rejected these apprehensions as misplaced. 

The government and farmer unions have held 11 rounds of talks so far, the last being on January 22, to break the deadlock and end the protest.

Talks have not resumed following widespread violence during a tractor rally by protesting farmers on January 26. Notably, the Supreme Court has already put on hold the implementation of the laws till further orders and has set up a committee to find solutions, and it has already submitted its report.

Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has appealed to protesting farmers to end their agitation, saying the government is ready to resume talks on the provisions of three legislations, which were enacted in September last year.

Odisha CM disburses Rs 386 cr as COVID assistance for landless farmers

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday disbursed a COVID-19 package of Rs 386 crore for landless farmers under KALIA “Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation” Scheme.

According to the state government, 18 lakh registered farmers will be benefited from the scheme and the money will be directly deposited in their bank accounts.

Under the assistance, each landless farmer would get additional Rs 1,000 apart from the installment under the KALIA scheme.

Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “The farmers, laborers and daily wages warmers are the backbone of our economy. We respect the sacrifices of the landless farmers behind all the successes of the agriculture sector. I have continuously demanded the implementation of recommendations made by the MS Swaminathan Committee and will continue to do so until it is met.”

“COVID has had a profound effect on the economy. It was the agriculture sector in the first wave that saved our economy. The second wave of lockdowns has had a profound effect on people’s livelihoods. That is why the state government has announced COVID packages for various categories of people like farmers, laborers, street vendors, dairy farmers and others,” he added.

Under the KALIA scheme, registered farmers in the state get Rs 12,500 in three instalments.

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