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Farm laws: reforms in Indian agriculture will never happen if not now-Ghanwat

Farm laws - reforms in Indian agriculture will never happen if not now-Ghanwat

Farm laws: reforms in Indian agriculture will never happen if not now-Ghanwat

Anil Ghanwat, a member of the Supreme Court-appointed committee on farm laws, told on Tuesday that while the government repealed agricultural laws in response to pressure from a segment of the farming community, a number of other farmers will try to push the reforms forward.

‘Agriculture laws have been removed, but farmers’ difficulties have not changed. A policy on agriculture is required. We’ll write a policy and consult with other farmer organisations in India about it. We will submit the document to the Union government on October 2, 2022, in the presence of farmers from across India,’ Ghanwat stated. He further stated that on October 2, over 1 lakh farmers will gather in New Delhi to promote reforms.

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‘We’ll even travel to Punjab and Haryana to speak with misinformed farmers.’ The Union government has a veto-proof majority and must proceed with the measures. Reforms in Indian agriculture will never happen if not now,’ he remarked.

Obtaining support

According to Seema Narode, the leader of the Shetkari Sanghatana, farmer organisations that favour the reforms would band together to form an apex body.

‘We want to save money for taxpayers while still putting money in the pockets of farmers.’ Only after reforms will this be achievable. Reforms and technology independence is required if farmers are to compete in the global market, according to Narode.

Shetkari Sanghatana and its political affiliate, Swatantra Bharat Party, founded by the late Sharad Joshi, have been advocating for farm reforms and have backed the government’s farm policies. Also Read | Report on farm laws submitted to the Supreme Court should be made public.