Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation at 9 a.m. on November 19, to announce that the new farm laws enacted in 2019 will be repealed in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.
Farmers, most of them from Punjab, have been opposing the laws since it was enacted. They have been stationed in the borders of Delhi as part of their protest.
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"Today is the Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. Today, PM will inaugurate key schemes relating to irrigation in Mahoba, Uttar Pradesh," his office said in a tweet.
"Then, he will go to Jhansi for the 'Rashtra Raksha Samparpan Parv.' Before all of these programmes, he will address the nation at 9 AM," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.
Mr. Modi addressed the nation last on October 22, to congratulate the citizens on on reaching the 100-crore COVID-19 vaccine milestone.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi usually addresses the nation to inform important decisions such as demonetisation, anti-satellite missile mission, imposing COVID-19 lockdown, and announcement of key welfare schemes.
Here are the live updates:
Farm laws to be repealed
Prime Minister says "Today, I want to tell you that the three farm laws will be repealed." He adds "I appeal to all farmers who are protesting, on this good day of Gurpurab, to go home in good spirits."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says "We have also taken another decision, a committee will be constituted to look into all aspects of agriculture."
Prime Minister quotes “O mother goddess give me the strength never to fear in doing the right thing”. He adds "I did all this for the benefit of farmers and will continue to work on the same."
PM lists out farm-friendly initiatives of government
PM adds "the agriculture budget now is five times more than it used to be. Prime Minister says "the three farm laws were brought in, the aim was to provide relief to small farmers To give them alternatives for selling their crops and to get them better prices for them. Farmers groups across the country have supported these moves and I express my gratitude to them."
Prime Minister further adds "but despite all our efforts and good intentions we were not able to convince a section of farmers. Even though this section was not huge but it is important for us that we convince them. We tried engaging them in dialogue, we listened to their arguments and logic. The particular sections of the laws, which they objected too were also acceded too. We agreed to suspend it for two years and now the matter is before Supreme Court. Maybe there was a lack in our efforts that we were not able to convince this section of farmers."
PM wishes on Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes people on Parkash Purab of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He mentions that the Kartarpur corridor has been re-opened. He adds that over the years he has seen the problems related to farmers and that on becoming Prime Minister he prioritised issues related to farmers.
Prime Minister adds "many are unaware that 80% of India’s farmers have been holding of less than 2 hectares. This accounts to 10 crore farmers whose lives revolve around these small land holdings." He further says, "successive generations have led to more fragmentation.
Prime Minister says "to give relief to small farmers our government has worked on improving access to seeds, fertilisers and markets. Fasal Bima Yojana has also been made more effective and over ₹1 lakh crore compensation has been given out." He adds "₹1.62 lakh crores have been directly transferred to the bank accounts of small farmers, rural markets have been beefed up and procurement and MSP have gone up."