Gandhinagar, 15 December 2020
A native of Amreli, Gujarat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Gujarat Chief Ministerial candidate BJP leader Parsottam Rupala came to Gujarat for the first time after the agriculture bill was passed and he talked about 3 farmers laws. Farmers in Gujarat are protesting, but which the government has suppressed. But Rupala was sent to Gujarat to please the farmers. He revealed his favorite provisions of the law at a press conference. But they have remained silent about what is on the minds of farmers. Rupala did not answer the farmers’ questions.
What did Rupala say?
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Parshottam Rupala said in the BJP office in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on December 14, 2020 that farmers’ organizations and farmers across the country are demanding implementation of the recommendations laid down in the 2004 Swaminathan Commission Report.
There is no provision in the bill for the agreement between the private company or the merchant on the farmers’ land.
Arrangements have been made for the farmer to enter into agreements with the merchant or company at the price of the produce grown on his land and earn better income with legal protection. If the company or trader makes a mistake in the agreement with the farmer, the farmer can complain to the local collector. The bill provides compensation to the farmer by disposing of it within 30 days. On getting the right price, he will be able to sell the agricultural produce to the merchant.
Rupala, answer these 25 questions
1 – If it was in the interest of the farmers, why did Swaminathan’s recommendations not be included in the law.
2 – Most companies sign the contract in English rather than the local language of the farmers.
3 – Why there is no provision that the company does not break the contract and the farmer can cancel the contract at any time.
4 – It does not matter until all costs have been paid by the companies. But why is there no provision for the protection of the farmers, where the farmers have to bear all the expenses.
5 – Anyone can buy agricultural land, so why is there no provision for industrialists not to buy land of the poor.
6 – What if corporate and rich farmers take the land of poor farmers with money.
7 – There is no monitoring body that can oversee farmers and companies rather than contracts.
8 – Why there is no provision for punishment for companies that cheat farmers.
9 – Why there is no provision that the three agricultural laws will not promote companies that exploit farmers or private companies.
10 – Agriculture is a matter of state government. However, the central government has intervened and enacted a law on it. Why did not discuss the law with governments and farmers.
11 – Marketing Yard Act has been amended, Essential Commodities Act and Agriculture Act has been amended. So why the EPC penalty for taking action against companies was not amended.
12 – If companies sell cheaper goods from farmers and stuff them in warehouses, then why strict provisions are not made against it according to the Black Market Act.
13 – Companies are now allowed to trade by removing yard traders. Why not save APMC from closure.
14 – With the repeal of the APMC Act, large companies will be able to buy as much goods as they want from there. No government control.
15 – Will meet with a few companies and buy farmer’s goods at desired price. Then the companies will also decide the selling price. In this way there will be exploitation of buying and selling. Why was there no provision to stop it?
16 – The farmer will not be able to take criminal action against the company. Why did you do it?
17 – The contract for a few years will lease the farm. Companies will take loans on farmers’ fields subject to conditions. explain it.
18 – The case of farmers of North Gujarat is public. PepsiCo sued the farmers for Rs 4.5 crore. Then why did not your BJP government come to help the farmers.
19 – The company that purchases goods. Then we will give the bill. Hence GST will be levied. After GST, farmers will come under income tax. Therefore, the agricultural sector which was hitherto exempt from income tax, will now come under the purview of income tax. Why not say something about it?
20 – By law, the government has given exemptions to these companies. Instead of controlling companies, it has controlled farmers. Why the government has no control over these companies.
21 – At least such price should be paid to the farmers. Why is there no such provision in this law?
22 – If there is any objection, the farmer will not be able to take criminal action against the company, why is there such a provision.
23 – Companies will be able to cancel the contract if they agree. The farmer cannot do this. Why, so
24 – Companies will rent the farm. The farmer will be freed from the farmer’s farm. It is true that the farm will become a laborer in the farmer’s farm.
25 – White English, saffron was better than English, even if it seems that they do not repeal the law.
What else said
Rupala said that the agricultural reform bill has nothing to do with the MSP. MSPs are being purchased, and will continue to be purchased.
The MSP of paddy for wheat in the year 2020-21 is Rs 1,868. The central government of BJP has increased the MSP of various crops by about 40% in the last six years in the interest of farmers.
Lentils in MSPProducts like lentils, mugs have been purchased.
In Gujarat, it has purchased in the last 4 years at a support price of Rs 15,000 crore.
In the last six years, the BJP government at the Center has purchased paddy and wheat worth Rs 8 lakh crore and 112 lakh metric tonnes of pulses from the MSP.