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PM assures farmers MSP, Govt procurement of farm produce to continue

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday congratulated the farmers on the passage of two Bills related to agricultural reforms by Parliament, and reiterated that the minimum support price (MSP)
and Government procurement will continue.

“I have said it earlier and I say it once again: System of MSP will remain. Government procurement will continue,” he assured farmers who have been opposing the passage of the Bills. “We are here to serve our farmers. We will do everything possible to support them and ensure a better life for their coming generations.”

He was tweeting after the passage in the Rajya Sabha of two bills — ‘Farmer Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Simplification) Bill 2020’ and ‘Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Price Assurance and Agricultural Services Agreement Bill 2020’ despite hectic attempts by many Opposition parties to block the two Bills.

The PM termed it as a “watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture” and said it would ensure a complete transformation of the agriculture sector as well as empower crores of farmers.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said “We will make every effort to help the grain givers and
ensure a better life for their future generations.”

Stating that the agriculture sector was in desperate need of latest technology that assists the industrious
farmers, he hoped that with the passage of the Bills, “our farmers will have easier access to futuristic
technology that will boost production and yield better results. This is a welcome step.”

He said for decades, the Indian farmer was bound by various constraints and bullied by middlemen. The Bills,
passed by Parliament, he said, “liberate the farmers from such adversities. These Bills will add impetus
to the efforts to double income of farmers and ensure greater prosperity for them.

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