21 March Tuesday

Should Enact Law Safeguarding MSP For Farmers: Yechury

CorrespondentUpdated: Saturday Nov 20, 2021

New Delhi : The Modi government at the earliest should, enact law that entitles every farmer to sell his produce at Minimum Support Prices(MSP), said CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury at a press conference in Delhi.

While tenured as Chief Minister of Gujarat, Modi himself wrote to the Centre seeking legislation to safeguard MSP for farmers. Therefore, without  delaying  matters by  setting up committee, the government should instead come out with an early Bill.  The Electricity Bill, detrimental to farmers, should also be repealed, said Yechury. I congratulate the farmers who se protestscompelled Modi to withdraw the farm laws. The Modi government would be hugely wrong if this move is solely with view to upcoming elections. People will not easily forget its  attempts to humiliate the farmers.

The Prime Minister had dubbed farmers with labelsranging from Khalisthanis and terrorists to ‘protest creatures’ and  proclaimed that  ;red flag was behind their protests. Also, individuals responsible for the Lakhimpur-Kheri carnage continue to remain on the cabinet.

Over 750 farmers were martyred in these protests. Their families should be adequately compensated. The farmers organisations have informed they will continue protests till rest of their demands too are similarly acknowledged.  CPI(M) will back them with full support,  said Yechury.