LIVE: New farm laws should have been brought in decades ago, says PM Modi

Farmers’ protest LIVE updates Day 23: Prime Minister is addressing farmers’ conferences in Madhya Pradesh through video conferencing today. A large number of farmers are attending the ‘Kisan Mahasammelan’ organised at Dussehra ground in Raisen. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh is also present at the ocassion.

Recently enacted laws giving farmers freedom in selling their produce “have not been brought in overnight” but are opposed by political parties for selfish reasons, said Prime Minister on Friday as he insisted that support price for agricultural produce will continue.

Meanwhile, thousands of farmers continue to camp at several Delhi border points for the 23rd day to press for the repeal of the Centre’s new farm laws. 

Accusing the Congress and other opposition parties of spreading falsehood about the new farm laws, union minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday appealed to the agitating farmers not to fall prey to these “white lies” and said the Centre was ready to address all their concerns. The minister, in an eight-page open letter to farmers, said the Modi-government was committed to their welfare and stressed that the new legislation were aimed at benefitting small and marginal farmers.

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