Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has prolonged vocal assist to the contentious farm payments of ally BJP that has created large turbulence amongst farmers and drawn opposition criticism. Breaking his self-imposed boycott of digital media, Mr Kumar advised reporters on Thursday that the countrywide farmers’ protest known as on Friday is “fully pointless”. Taking a veiled dig at opposition events which are highlighting the problem forward of the approaching state elections, he accused them of making an attempt to create “misunderstanding” on the problem.
Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal, which mentioned it “opposes all three anti-farmer legal guidelines” is planning demonstrations earlier than all its district headquarters of Bihar on Friday.
Amid farmers’ issues that not solely they, however hundreds of people that work in wholesale markets, arthiyas (fee brokers) and farm labourers will undergo due to the brand new legal guidelines, Nitish Kumar mentioned that the absence of kisan mandis don’t harm anybody.
Reminding people who it was his authorities which repealed the Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) Act again in 2006, he mentioned all those that labored there have been accommodated in authorities jobs elsewhere way back.
On Tuesday too, Mr Kumar had hailed the farm payments that permit farmers to promote produce straight to personal enterprises. The APMC Act, Mr Kumar mentioned, held again farmers from promoting their produce wherever within the nation.
Taking a dig at political rivals, the Chief Minister mentioned, “Some individuals are saying something on the 2 farm payments with out having any data about them”.
At the moment, Mr Kumar mentioned beneath the present system in Bihar, procurement has improved and it’s the PACs (Major Agriculture Credit score Societies) that are the nodal businesses for procuring meals grain from farmers, have introduced the turnaround.
Opposition chief and RJD chief Tejasvi Yadav mentioned Bihar has not been ready obtain a single 12 months procurement goal. Former Union Minister, Congress’s Jairam Ramesh tweeted, rebutting Mr Kumar’s claims of turnaround.
Quoting a 2019 examine by the Nationwide Council of Utilized Economics on the agriculture sector, Mr Ramesh mentioned that Bihar’s repeal of the APMC Act has left farmers on the mercy of merchants who repair low value for produce and insufficient market services.
Bihar abolished the APMC Act in 2006. That’s one argument made by the Authorities in defence of the two #FarmBills. However what precisely did that abolition obtain? Listed below are the FACTS. pic.twitter.com/iKpIb7aayQ
— Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) September 24, 2020
Farmers have additionally expressed the identical concern, saying they’re apprehensive of being shortchanged by huge firms. It could not be attainable for the federal government to supervise the hundreds of transactions every day, they’ve identified.
The opposition Congress and different like-minded events have mentioned the payments would profit corporates on the expense of farmers.
Farmers in Punjab and Haryana, the states the place te backlash towards the farm payments is the strongest, have deliberate a strike right now.
As many as 31 farmer organisations have joined fingers for the ”Punjab Bandh”. A number of organisations in Haryana, together with the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), mentioned they’d prolonged assist to the nationwide strike known as by some farmers’ our bodies towards the payments.