The government would repeal the three farm laws, which has led to massive protests by farmers across the country over a year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on Friday in his address to nation.
In an address to the nation on Guru Nanak Jayanti, PM Modi said, “We worked to provide farmers with seeds at reasonable rates and facilities like micro-irrigation, 22 crore soil health cards. Such factors have contributed to increased agricultural production. However, we failed to make them understand about the benefits of the new laws and as such, we have decided to roll them back.”
“In the Parliament session starting the end of this month, we will complete the process of repealing the three laws,” he added.
The move comes on the festival of Guru Purab, when Sikhism founder Guru Nanak’s birthday is celebrated and just months before elections in states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
“While apologising to the nation, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that maybe something was lacking in our tapasya (dedication) that we could not explain the truth, as clear as the light of the diya, to some of our farmer brothers. But today is Prakash Parv, not the time to blame anyone. Today, I want to tell the country that we have decided to repeal the three farm laws,” PM Modi said in his address.
Prime Minister also requested farmers to return home to their fields and start afresh, however, Rakesh Tikait, a top farmer leader, said the protesters would wait till the laws were repealed in the session starting on November 29.
Farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been camping at Delhi’s borders since November 2020 in protest against the three legislations, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020.
The protests have continued for over a year as deliberations between the government and farmers unions failed.