Don’t withdraw agri reform laws, instead make amendments: Shetkari Sanghatana

The Shetkari Sanghatan (SS), the farmers’ organisation founded by late Sharad Joshi, has mentioned the Centre must not withdraw the agri reform guidelines, but should really instead make amendments in holding with the requires designed by the farmers.

SS President Anil Ghanwat mentioned the Centre did not focus on the farm guidelines in detail with the farmers before introducing them, which has resulted in common misinformation. “The government can stay implementation of the guidelines and amend them right after discussions with farmers. Having said that, there is no need to withdraw these guidelines, which have opened up prospects for farmers,” he mentioned.

 

SS has demanded that the government must permit States to come to a decision about APMCs and agreement farming. States should really be authorised to make their individual guidelines about the working of APMCs, cess and growth of mandis. The Centre can provide a framework of guiding concepts by building a Model Act.

“The government must scrap the Essential Commodities Act which has resulted in the exploitation of farmers,” Ghanwat mentioned, adding that farmers in Punjab must maintain talks with the government and withdraw the agitation.

 

The SS has warned that if the government succumbs to stress from Punjab’s farmers, no government in the foreseeable future will dare to introduce agri reforms.