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Narendra Modi interacts with farmers updates: PM claims farmers across country ‘welcomed’ reforms; says ready for talks with 'open mind'

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LIVE updates: The Prime Minister said lies are being spread that under new farm laws that farmers will lose their land

Press Trust of India December 25, 2020 14:17:54 IST
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Narendra Modi interacts with farmers updates: PM claims farmers across country ‘welcomed’ reforms; says ready for talks with 'open mind'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi releases the latest installment of financial benefits worth Rs 18,000 crore under PM Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme. ANI

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Dec 25, 2020 - 13:58 (IST)

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LATEST updates

Ready to discuss farm laws with open mind, says Modi

Concluding his address, Prime Ministrer Narendra Modi said, "In many parts of the country, agreement farming has been tried. It has been done in the dairy sector. So far, have you heard that a company has monopolised the dairy industry? Due to our commitment towards farmers, we are ready for discussions on all their issues with an open mind."

Dec 25, 2020 - 13:55 (IST)

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LATEST updates

Those making big speeches today did nothing for farmers when they were in power: Modi

Prime Minister Modi further said, "Our govt has made more crops eligible for minimum support price benefit and given a record amount of money to farmers. We're making life easier for farmers in villages; Those making big speeches today did nothing for farmers when they were in power."

Dec 25, 2020 - 13:39 (IST)

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With new farm reforms, farmers can sell their produce to anyone anywhere: Modi

“Do you want to sell your produce in another state? You can do that,” Modi tells farmers. “Do you want to sell produce together through Farmers Produce Organisations? You can do that. Do you want to be a part of value chain systems of biscuits, chips, jam and other consumer products? You can do that too.”

“Through these agricultural reforms we have given better options to the farmers,” the prime minister adds. “After these laws you can sell your produce to whomever you want. You can sell produce where you get the right price.”

Dec 25, 2020 - 13:32 (IST)

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Previous govt brought ruin to agriculture sector, claims PM

PM Modi alleges that the previous governments brought ruin to the agriculture sector. “ Farm reforms became necessary because poor farmers, who are over 80%, were getting poorer during the rule of earlier governments,” he adds. He also accused the Opposition of misleading the farmers and fooling them.

Dec 25, 2020 - 13:08 (IST)

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LATEST updates

Modi slams Bengal govt for blocking central benefits from reaching farmers

Narendra Modi on Friday criticised the Mamata Banerjee-led government in West Bengal for blocking central benefits from reaching the farmers of the state. “Today I regret that more than 70 lakh farmers and siblings of my West Bengal have not been able to get this benefit,” he claimed. “More than 23 lakh farmers of Bengal have applied online to take advantage of this scheme. But the state government has stopped the verification process for so long.”

“Those who are ignoring the interests of farmers in West Bengal, are coming to Delhi and causing trouble here....just for grabbing big headlines,” the prime minister said.

Dec 25, 2020 - 13:00 (IST)

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LATEST updates

Lies being spread about new farm laws, says PM Modi

Narendra Modi says lies are being spread that under new farm laws, farmers will lose their land. "Same people who are sitting in support of farmers protest today, are the ones who send farmers to jail in the name of protecting the environment if they happen to hurt wild animals in saving their crop,” the prime minister says.

Modi adds that some political parties are “pushing a political agenda” by opposing the new farm laws, reports PTI.

The prime minister also said that the PM-KISAN scheme exemplifies good governance. “With the use technology, today, Rs 18,000 crore was directly deposited in the bank accounts of nine crore farmers,” he adds.

Dec 25, 2020 - 12:57 (IST)

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I urge you to tell farmers about the Kisan Credit Card, its benefits: Modi to Odisha farmer

PM Narendra Modi told a farmer from Odisha: "I urge you to tell farmers about the Kisan Credit Card and its various benefits which include the availability of loans at low-interest rates."

Naveen, a farmer from Odisha during interaction with PM Modi, says, "I received my Kisan Credit Card in 2019. I took an amount of Rs 27,000 on loan from the bank on a mere 4 per cent interest as compared to 20 per cent from intermediaries."

Dec 25, 2020 - 12:42 (IST)

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LATEST updates

PM says 'some elements trying to spread misinformation'

Narendra Modi says that “some elements are spreading misinformation” that contract farming would mean farmers will lose their lands, while speaking to farmers from Arunachal Pradesh. “Thanks for clarifying that your land would remain intact,” he told them the farmer from Arunachal.

Dec 25, 2020 - 12:32 (IST)

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PM asks farmers from different states how they benefited under govt schemes

The prime minister is now asking farmers from different states to explain how various government policies under the PM-KISAN scheme have benefited them.

Dec 25, 2020 - 12:24 (IST)

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LATEST updates

PM digitally deposits Rs 18,000 cr to 9 cr farmers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now digitally deposits a total of Rs 18,000 crore in the bank accounts of nine crore farmers under the PM-KISAN scheme.

Narendra Modi interacts with farmers LATEST updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday released Rs 18,000 crore as the next installment of financial benefits under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme in the bank accounts of nine crore farmers. The Prime Minister is now interacting virtually with farmers from six states.

The Centre on Thursday invited protesting farmer unions again for resumption of the stalled talks and asked them to choose a date of their convenience to end the impasse over the three new Agri laws even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to interact with farmers on Friday during a money transfer event.

But the farmer unions alleged that the government's latest letter for talks is nothing but a propaganda against the peasants to create an impression they are not interested in dialogue, and asked it to put the scrapping of the new farm laws in the agenda to resume the parleys.

The Sanyukt Kisan Morcha, an umbrella body of 40 farmer unions protesting at three border points of Delhi - Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur - for the last 27 days, is likely to hold a meeting on Friday to discuss the Centre's letter and respond to it formally.

The Union Agriculture ministry while extending a fresh invite, however, made it clear that it would not be "logical" to include in the agenda any new demand related to minimum support price (MSP), saying it was out of the purview of the new farm laws.

However, the unions said the MSP cannot be separated from the demand of repealing the contentious laws, asserting the issue of a legal guarantee for it is a key part of their agitation

The ministry also reiterated it is ready to find a "logical solution" to the issues raised by protesting farmer unions.

With the push of a button on Friday, Modi will enable the transfer of more than Rs 18,000 crore to over nine crore beneficiary families. The amount will be the next installment of financial benefits to farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN),

According to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), Modi will also interact with farmers from six states via video-conferencing during the event.

The Congress, meanwhile, stepped up its attack on the government and petitioned President Ram Nath Kovind and demanded a joint session of Parliament to repeal the laws, with party leader Rahul Gandhi alleging that democracy is only "imaginary" in India.

Gandhi met the President and handed over a memorandum stated to have been signed by 2 crore farmers and demanded a repeal of the laws, saying they will not benefit the farmers or labourers. The Centre has rejected the demand for repeal of the laws, saying the reforms are beneficial to farmers.

Congress leaders earlier staged a sit-in protest outside the party headquarters in the National Capital after they were prevented from marching towards Rashtrapati Bhawan. The leaders including Priyanka Gandhi were detained by the police for violating prohibitory orders.

The BJP on its part challenged Rahul Gandhi for an open debate on what the Congress did for farmers' welfare when in power and what the Modi government has done for them, as it rejected his allegations against the Centre as "baseless and illogical".

Union minister Prakash Javadekar accused the Congress of ignoring farmers' interests and keeping them poor to ensure cheap grain prices, and asserted that the Modi government empowered them by implementing the Swaminathan commission report to give them remunerative price through MSP.

In a three-page letter written to 40 farmer leaders, Agriculture Ministry Joint Secretary Vivek Aggarwal said, "I again request you that the government has been discussing all issues with an open heart and good intention to end the protest, and will continue to do so. Kindly suggest a date and time (for the next round of talks."

The previous five rounds of talks between the government and the unions have failed to break the deadlock Aggarwal asked the union leaders to provide details of other issues they want to discuss. The talks will be held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi at a ministerial level, he said.

On MSP, he said the farm laws have no connection with the price regime nor would have any impact on the procurement of farm produce at the fixed rates.

This has been told to the unions in every discussion and it has also been made clear that the government is ready to give written assurance on MSP, he added.

"Any new demand related to MSP, which is out of the ambit of farm laws, is not logical to include in the talks. As informed earlier, the government is ready to discuss all the issues raised by farmer unions," he noted.

Aggarwal said it is important to keep all doors open for discussion for the government. It is the responsibility of the government to listen to farmer organisations and farmers and the government cannot deny this.

The government with an open heart has held several rounds of discussion with farmer unions under the Samyukt Kisan Morcha and urged them to choose a date as per their convenience for the next round of talks, he added.

Aggarwal's letter has come in response to the Samyukt Kisan Morcha's 23 December letter, through which it had informed the government that the farmer unions are ready for talks but asked it to send a "concrete proposal in writing instead of repeating rejected proposals around meaningless amendments."

"The government is not serious about our demands and they are writing letters every day. The new letter is nothing but a propaganda being created by the government against us to give an impression that we are not interested in holding talks.

"The government should bring the repeal of the three farm laws in the agenda for a fresh round of dialogue," senior morcha leader Shiv Kumar Kakka told PTI.

He said a legal guarantee of the MSP is an important part of the farmers' demands, which cannot be neglected by the government.

In another development, two farmer organisations from Uttar Pradesh met Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and urged him not to repeal the new farms laws.

Kisan Mazdoor Sangh (KMS) and Kisan Sena (KS) made a representation, which also included a demand for strengthening the dispute resolution system in case of any trouble in contract farming.

So far, at least 12 farmers group have extended their support for the laws, the previous ones being from Uttarakhand, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, among other places.

In a major outreach to farmers, the BJP has made plans to ensure participation of over one crore of them at thousands of venues across the nation on Friday when the prime minister effects the transfer of Rs 18,000 crore to nine crore farmers and interacts with a section of them.

BJP leaders, from Union ministers to its MPs, MLAs, all elected representatives besides organisational members, will fan out across the country to attend the programme and speak to farmers as well.

The event coincides with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's birth anniversary which the BJP observes every year as "good governance day" since it came to power at the Centre in 2014.

BJP ally and Haryana Deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala, meanwhile, said the new central farm laws need many amendments and urged protesting farmers to give "concrete suggestions".

At a press conference in Chandigarh, the Jannayak Janta Party (JJP) leader reiterated he will tender his resignation the day he feels he is unable to ensure MSP for the farmers' produce in Haryana.

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