Protests over farm laws are limited to only one state and farmers are being “instigated”, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in parliament today as the massive agitation on the borders of Delhi entered 72nd day.
“Farmer unions, opposition parties have failed to point out a single flaw in three new farm laws,” he said in the Rajya Sabha, adding that the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are committed to the welfare of farmers.
“We are not standing on prestige. We have been asking what is black in this law and no one is forthcoming,” the minister said, reiterating the centre’s stand.
Farmers fear the new laws will deprive them of guaranteed minimum earnings and leave them open to exploitation by big business. Eleven rounds of talks have been held between the farmers and the government but there been no breakthrough. The farmers have turned down the centre’s last offer to put the laws on hold for 18 months while a special committee conducts negotiations.