Modi's Mann ki Baat: Agricultural reforms opened new doors for farmers
By TIOL News Service
NEW DELHI, NOV 30, 2020: PRIME Minister Mr Narendra Modi, in his monthly radio address on Sunday said the demands made by farmers over the years have been met in the recent agriculture reforms that have opened up new possibilities for them.
"These reforms have not only served to unshackle our farmers but also given them new rights and opportunities," Mr Modi said amid unprecedented farmer protests over the past week as thousands of farmers camped along the Delhi borders, demanding the Centre's new farm laws be scrapped.
"The agricultural reforms in the past few days have also now opened new doors of possibilities for our farmers," the prime minister said, adding "The demands that have been made by farmers for years, that every political party, at some point or the other made the promise to fulfil, those demands have been met."
"After a lot of deliberation, the Parliament of India gave a legal form to the agricultural reforms."
Mr Modi spoke about examples where a corn farmer in Maharashtra's Dhule district was assured payment for his crops within three days of procurement, failing which they can lodge a complaint. The area Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) also has to ensure grievance redressal of the farmer within one month.
Talking about the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister said it had almost been a year since the first case was detected.
"Coming out of the lockdown now the discussion on a vaccine has commenced, however, any sort of negligence regarding Corona can be deadly even now. We have to firmly keep fighting against Corona," he said.
He also announced that an idol of Annapurna, which had been smuggled out of Varanasi around 100 years ago, is being returned to India by the Canadian government.