India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologized to people for the three controversial farming methods that caused a year-long protest by farmers and promised that the government would abolish the law in the next parliament.
Modi said in a national public speech on November 19 that the government could not convince farmers to accept farming practices.
“I am here to declare that I have decided to abolish the three farm laws. I will complete all the procedures during the parliamentary session starting this month.”
The bill first appeared in June as three ordinances, before it was approved by Congress last September.
These laws are the Farmers’Agricultural Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Promotion) Act, the Farmers’ (Authorization and Protection) Price Guarantee and Agricultural Services Act Agreement, and the Essential Commodity (Amendment) Act.
They sought to deregulate the sector by allowing farmers to sell their produce to buyers outside the government-regulated wholesale market where producers are guaranteed the lowest prices.
The government says that new legislation will help strengthen the infrastructure of the basic agricultural sector through increased private investment, and that the Indian food market will expand exponentially, allowing private companies to benefit farmers in agriculture. I wanted to bring you.
Farmers began protesting three agricultural regulations in Punjab last July, fearing that reforms would lead to lower crop prices. They moved their protests to the border of Delhi last November.
Climate change activist Greta Thunberg and pop artist Rihanna have also been paying attention to state-wide protests.
On January 26, India Day, when thousands of farmers destroyed barricades, drove tractors through obstacles, overwhelmed police and attacked New Delhi’s historic Red Fort. , The protests have changed drastically.
“Today I’ve come to tell you that I’ve decided to withdraw all three farming laws across the country,” Modi said, asking farmers to “start anew” back to their homes. I begged.
Thousands of protesting farmers camp on the highways around the capital, New Delhi, celebrated Modi’s retreat.
After nearly a year of protesting at Uttar Pradesh’s largest protest site, Ranjit Kumar, a 36-year-old farmer from Gajipur, claimed that the sacrifices of the protesting farmers were finally rewarded.
The delighted peasants handed out sweets at the celebration and chanted “Hail the peasants” and “Longevity peasant movement”. But they said the protest wasn’t over because they intended to wait for Congress to abolish the law.
Reuters contributed to this article.