BJP Govt Misleading Nation On Farm Laws: Uttam
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New Delhi, February 3 (Maxim News): Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) President & Nalgonda MP N. Uttam Kumar Reddy accused the BJP Government of misleading the nation on the issue of new agricultural laws to farmers.
Uttam Kumar Reddy, along with Congress MPs Komatireddy Venkat Reddy and A. Revanth Reddy, addressed a press conference at Telangana Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday to brief about the replies he got in response to three issues (Unstarred Question) which he raised in the Lok Sabha with regard to farm laws and MSP related issues.
The TPCC Chief informed that he, along with other MPs have raised three questions in the Lok Sabha pertaining to Average market price for crops; Adjudication of disputes under new farm laws and Consultation with stakeholders on farm laws. He said Union Agriculture Minister Narender Singh Tomar gave a written reply to those Unstarred Questions on 2nd February. However, he alleged that the Union Minister gave false and misleading replies to all the questions. He said that the new Central laws were never discussed with anyone, including the farmers’ unions.
Referring to the answers given by the Union Minister, Uttam Kumar Reddy said that those replies clearly show that the Central Govt did not conduct any studies on how these laws would improve the incomes of small farmers and lead to doubling of farmers’ incomes. “The Government of India brought in Model APMC Act, 2017 and Model Contract Farming Act, 2018. Earlier also the UPA Government brought in the Model APMC Act and accordingly, more than 20 States have brought reforms in the agricultural sector. The proposals were always about implementation of MOdel Acts by States, and never about overriding States through Central Acts. In fact, in February 2020, the Central also announced financial disincentives to STates which do not implement the APMC reforms. So, where was the urgent need to bring Central Acts during pandemic lockdown?” he asked.
Uttam Kumar Reddy said that the BJP Govt was misleading the nation by claiming that it enjoyed support for introducing the new farm laws to override the state APMC Acts. “That has never been proposed or endorsed in any of the committees or official meetings. Therefore, saying that these new Central laws have been discussed and endorsed in the last 15-20 years is utterly false,” he said. (Maxim News)