No ‘mai ka lal’ can take away land from farmers: Rajnath Singh

Targeting the Opposition, Rajnath, who has been in the forefront of the government’s outreach to farmers, said it was unfortunate that those who had zero knowledge about farming were “misleading innocent farmers”.

Shivani Arora

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Published on 27 Dec 2020 11:27 AM GMT

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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said the Centre never intended to scrap minimum support price (MSP) and no ‘Mai Ka Lal‘ could take away land from the farmers even as protests against the agriculture reform laws entered its fifth week.

Targeting the Opposition, Rajnath, who has been in the forefront of the government’s outreach to farmers, said it was unfortunate that those who had zero knowledge about farming were “misleading innocent farmers”.

No ‘Mai Ka Lal’ can take away land from farmers

“It’s unfortunate that those who don’t even know about farming, are misleading innocent farmers. This govt never intended to stop MSP, neither it will in future. Mandis will also be maintained. No ‘Mai Ka Lal’ can take away land from farmers,” Singh said while addressing a state-level function to mark the third anniversary of the Jai Ram Thakur-led BJP government in Himachal Pradesh.

The Union minister said the new laws would raise the income of farmers, but the Congress was misleading them. “The income of farmers will double with the enactment of farm laws. It takes some time to see the impact of comprehensive reforms,” he said.

“Be it the 1991 economic reforms brought in by the then finance minister Manmohan Singh or other ones enacted during the Vajpayee government, it took four-five years to see their positive results,” he added.

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He reiterated that farmers should “experiment” with the new laws for “one-two years” before seeking any change. “Similarly, if we can’t wait for four-five years, we can wait for at least two years to witness positive results of the agriculture reforms carried out by the Narendra Modi government,” the Defence Minister added.

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