Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the farm bills passed by Lok Sabha are “historic” and hit out at the opposition parties for “misguiding” the farmers.
With opposition parties dubbing three bills as “anti-farmers” and the BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal quitting his government to protest them, PM Modi refuted their criticism, saying these laws will unshackle farmers by allowing them to sell their produce anywhere by negotiating a better price.
Farmers have been given new independence in agriculture. They’ll now have more options and opportunities to sell their produce. I congratulate them on passage of these bills. It was necessary to bring these to protect them from middlemen. These are farmers’ shields,” the Prime Minister said while addressing a rally in Bihar.
Farmers of the country are aware and can see who are standing with middlemen, who “pocketed” profits meant for them, and opposing new opportunities being provided for them through these measures, he said.