New Delhi: Members of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) from Uttar Pradesh met the Union Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, at Krishi Bhavan on Tuesday, 15th December. The leaders of the Union welcomed the Farm Acts and said the laws will be beneficial for farmers, according to a press communication by the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. However, they submitted a memorandum to the Minister with suggestions regarding the Farm Acts and Minimum Support Price (MSP).
Agriculture Minister Tomar thanked the Union leaders for coming out in support of the Farm Acts. The Minister said that the Farm Acts have been welcomed in various states across the country, and added that the Government is willing to continue dialogue with genuine farm unions and is willing to find a solution with an open mind. The Agri Minister said that MSP is an administrative decision and will continue as it is, the Ministry stated.
According to the Ministry, the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Kisan) leaders suggested that farmers be given the option of going to Civil Courts in case of a dispute. They also suggested that the Panchayat head should be accorded the same importance as the head of the mandi to safeguard the rights of the farmers in small towns and villages. In the case of the Essential Commodities Act, they suggested that it should prevent hoarding and black marketing.
The Union leaders also suggested that electricity rates for irrigation should be reduced and electricity should be available for longer hours in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The press release also highlighted their proposal that standards for crops should be decided at the procurement centres so that farmers do not face problems in selling the produce.
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