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Here are some of the positive changes that the current agricultural reform is bound to bring in the lives of farmers by freeing them from the shackles of monopolistic law and the cartels of market committees.
- The inter-state mobility of agricultural produce will give farmers access to new markets and they will enjoy the fruits of a free-market economy.
- On a contract basis, farmers can get the best deals for themselves; that too without compromising their liberties over their produce. India loses 40 percent of its agricultural products every year due to lack of proper storage facilities.
- With these new reforms, the lingering problem of lack of storage facilities (which has often cost the farmers dearly on many occasions) will be finally dealt with.
- Also, with the entry of free-market forces, small and medium farmers will get access to much-needed investment and technology, which are crucial to increase the quality of products as well as reduce the time period between harvest seasons, thus ensuring an increase in the frequency of crops in a year, ultimately leading to more income for the farmers.
- The government has also assured its commitment to maintaining the Minimum Support Price thereby, ensuring the financial security of farmers and providing a safety net to them.
It is very unfortunate that the vested interests of rich farmers and some political groups and parties are motivating them to mislead other farmers regarding the new agricultural reforms. Also, it is quite shocking and ironic that the Congress party which proposed the very same reforms in its manifesto for the 2019 General elections, is now vehemently opposing them.
The Congress Party and its allies are clearly very much opposed to the historic agricultural reform led by visionary and pro-farmer PM Shri Narendra Modi.
The Congress party by politicising these reforms has also opened the door for foreign politicians like Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and some British MPs to make uninformed comments on this issue. Foreign politicians interfering in India’s internal affairs does not throw a positive light on India as a nation. These are the consequences of the actions of a party totally out of touch with reality and clinging on to certain issues to remain relevant by politicising them.
Indian farmers have every right to feel apprehensive regarding the new bill. It is only natural to be sceptical about changes which affect their livelihoods but the new Agricultural Reforms have been brought in to ensure that the Indian farmer does not get left behind. With the philosophy of ”sabka saath sabka vikas’ (everybody’s cooperation, everybody’s growth), now is the time when we have to move hand in hand with our farmers to foster growth.