The Shetkari Sanghatan (SS), the farmers’ organisation started by late Sharad Joshi, has said the Centre must not withdraw the agri reform laws, but should in its place make amendments in holding with the needs designed by the farmers.
SS President Anil Ghanwat said the Centre did not examine the farm laws in detail with the farmers before introducing them, which has resulted in popular misinformation. “The govt can keep implementation of the laws and amend them right after discussions with farmers. However, there is no will need to withdraw these laws, which have opened up opportunities for farmers,” he said.
SS has demanded that the govt must let States to come to a decision about APMCs and agreement farming. States should be authorised to make their have laws about the functioning of APMCs, cess and improvement of mandis. The Centre can give a framework of guiding concepts by building a Design Act.
“The govt must scrap the Essential Commodities Act which has resulted in the exploitation of farmers,” Ghanwat said, adding that farmers in Punjab must hold talks with the govt and withdraw the agitation.
The SS has warned that if the govt succumbs to force from Punjab’s farmers, no govt in the foreseeable future will dare to introduce agri reforms.