Yesterday, while addressing on Guru Nanak Jayanthi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, he has decided to repeal three controversial farm laws against which farmers have protested for more than a year.
The legislation the farmers object to, introduced in September last year, deregulates the sector, allowing farmers to sell produce to buyers beyond government-regulated wholesale markets, where growers are assured of a minimum price (MSP).
“Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws.” Modi said on Friday in a contrite address to the nation coinciding with a major Sikh festival – the religion of many protesting farmers.
Welcoming Modi’s announcement, farmer leader Darshan Pal said it was an “achievement of the farmers’ movement. This is due to the unity of farmers, their continuous struggle and I congratulate the farming community for their unity, their struggle that they have finally won”.