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PM Modi Defending Farm Laws Shows Govt Opposed to Solving Farmers Issues: AIKSCC

Farmers protest at Singhu border against the Centre's farm laws. (PTI)

Farmers protest at Singhu border against the Centre's farm laws. (PTI)

It said that the Prime Minister has called the new farm laws a fulfilment of the farmers' demand itself and his utterances is a further insult to the farmers' hopes that the government will make sincere effort to address their issues and concerns.

The All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee (AIKSCC) on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his defence of the three Farm Bills passed in Parliament in September this year, saying it shows that the government is completely opposed to resolving the demands of the farmers.

In a statement the AIKSSC said, "The Prime Minister's defence of the three farm Bills in his 'Man ki Baat' episode shows government is completely opposed to solving demands of farmers."

It said that the Prime Minister has called the new farm laws a fulfilment of the farmers' demand itself, "for higher income", "giving them new rights and new opportunities" and his utterances is a further insult to the farmers' hopes that the government will make sincere effort to address their issues and concerns.

"The government is still claiming it has to create awareness about the benefits of the Farm Acts, while farmers are clear that these Acts are only about freedom to the corporate, opportunities for the corporate, income for the corporate, at the cost of farmers," the AIKSCC said.

It said that all 30 Punjab farmer organisations, the AIKSCC and other farmer groups have correctly decided to unambiguously reject the appeal by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, asking farmers to move to Burari, which they all see as an attempt to restrain them and create an illusion of talks and settlement.

"They have correctly rejected conditional talks, while keeping the doors open for any sincere effort by the government," it said.

It said that the working group of AIKSCC has hailed the clarity of thought being articulated by the farmers organisations and has once again appealed to the Centre not to treat this issue as a law and order problem by involving the Intelligence agencies and Home Ministry.

"Farmers of India are here in Delhi and are continuing to flow in from all directions with only one objective in mind - to get the three Farm Acts and the EB 2020 revoked," it said, adding that they have no other demand.

"Farmers are at pains to explain to the government that they fully understand the impact of these laws; each and every protestor is articulate and clear about this. It is only the Prime Minister, his Cabinet Ministers, his officials and his set of experts and advisors who do not understand that farmers see these Acts as an attack on their ownership of land through contract farming, as an attack on their income and increase in their debts, as winding up government controls and freedom to Big Corporations, MNCs in agriculture production, processing and marketing of foods, as winding up of assured pricing, procurement, government storage and food supplies, as increasing farmer suicides, as increasing food prices and black marketing and end PDS, etc," it added.

first published:November 30, 2020, 18:51 IST
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