Centre’s invitation to farmer unions for talks a step too late, says Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, on Tuesday, termed Modi government’s invitation to farmer unions for talks a step in the right direction but taken too late.

Gehlot mentioned that there is a growing concern not only in India but outside as well regarding farmers’ protest in the country.

“Centre’s invitation to farmer unions for talks is a step in the right direction but has been taken too late. There is a growing concern not only in the country but in other countries as well, where a sizable number of Persons of Indian Origin live, regarding protest of farmers in India. PM Modi ji must take the lead to resolve this impasse. Farmers’ genuine demands must be met,” Ashok Gehlot, Rajasthan Chief Minister, stated on Tuesday.

Rajasthan Congress chief, on the other hand, maintained that the farm laws brought by the Modi government were to help corporate friends and not the farmers.

“Today, farmers’ debt has not been waived off, farmers’ income has not been doubled. Even after seven years, farmers are not getting a 50% profit on their cost and Centre has brought three black laws on farmers that bring an end to their MSP, end mandi arrangement and increase black marketing. This is only to benefit their few industrialist friends”, Govind Singh Dotasra, Rajasthan Congress Chief, told India Today on Tuesday.

Gehlot had, in November, asked Modi government to initiate a dialogue with protesting farmer organizations ‘without any delay’.

In October, Gehlot government introduced The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement On Price Assurance And Farm Services (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2020, in Rajasthan to oppose the farm laws enacted by the Narendra Modi government at the Centre.

The Congress had asked states, where it is in power, to consider making the new agriculture-related laws brought by Centre, as void.

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