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Govt ready for amendments, but no rollback of farm laws; here're expert views

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Centre today reiterated that it is ready to consider amendments to the farm laws in order to assuage farmers' concerns, but ruled out any rollback. The government's defence of its farm laws comes even as farmers' protest at Delhi borders continue for the 15th day in a row. Farmer unions are adamant in their demand for a rollback of the three laws and minimum support price (MSP) as a legal guarantee.

Centre today reiterated that it is ready to consider amendments to the farm laws in order to assuage farmers' concerns, but ruled out any rollback.
The government's defence of its farm laws comes even as farmers' protest at Delhi borders continue for the 15th day in a row.
Farmer unions are adamant in their demand for a rollback of the three laws and minimum support price (MSP) as a legal guarantee.
Bharat Ramaswami, economics professor at Ashoka University and Kavitha Kuruganti, member of the all India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee discussed on the farm laws and ongoing issues.
Kuruganti said, “I am glad that the government is saying that they are still open to talk which is good, but what the government is not talking about are meaningful talk. Framer union did not get drawn into discussing each detail, each provision for the simple reason that the stand being maintained by us is that the law in it is very objective has gone wrong, in its very law making process has gone wrong."
"I am glad that Mr. Narendra Singh Tomar today brought up the context in which the laws were brought in. He pointed out that the government for decades now has not brought in laws for farmers and legal reforms and what stands out is the fact that farmers have been agitating for a separate legislation for remunerative MSP guarantee for years now.”
“Government written assurance that MSP and procurement in the current regime will continue is totally inadequate. There are serious reforms that are needed in the current MSP and procurement regime. What the farmers are rejecting very clearly are amendments in the law and a simple written assurance that the current regime will continue with MSP and procurement. In 2018 finance minister had promised better MSP and a guaranteed realisation of that MSP.”
Ramaswami said, “I think the way to pragmatic solution is to recognise that these laws have nothing of offer to a larger number of farmers who have gathered at the Delhi border. Thing is that most of these marketing reforms, the action, the implementation have to be done at the state level and it is not something that can be directed from Delhi."
"I think the way is let these laws be withdrawn now and let the centre work and demonstrate that it is good for them. The ruling party BJP is in many states and they can work there especially for crops other than wheat and rice where farmers suffers from lack of market access, where they ca construct the supply chains and show that providing alternative markets work for them.”
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