The Central Government got much-need support from the academia as 866 academicians from several premier educational institutes like Delhi University, Gorakhpur University, Indigenous and Frontier Technology Research Centre Tamil Nadu etc from across the nation have written to backup the three new farm laws passed by the Union Government.
The letter signed by academicians reads that “India is the country where most of the population is still dependent on agriculture for livelihood. Meanwhile, the agenda of agro-reforms to benefit the farmers, the Government of India, under the profound leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, brought three bills, i.e. The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the Monsoon session of the Parliament with vibrant discussion on three bills and passed simultaneously in both the Houses and subsequently become and act.
It has come to notice that these three Agro Acts seek to free farm trade from all restriction and enable farmers for all transaction at competitive prices. The Union Government has repeatedly assured the farmers that these three bills on Farm trade wouldn’t do away with Minimum Support Price (MSP), but rather free the farm trade from all illicit market restrictions, open the market beyond ‘Mandis’ and further assists the small and marginal farmers to sell their produce at market/competitive prices. The new laws also provide full autonomy for farmers to sell their produce.
As a proud citizen of India and members of different educational institutions, we strongly support the proposed Agriculture reforms bill, 2020 by the Union Government. We strongly believe in the government’s assurance to the farmers to protect the farmers’ livelihoods, and it will not take the food from their plate. The government is still firmly committed to delivering the principle of minimum government, maximum governance.
Thus, we stand in solidarity with both the government and the farmers and salute their intense efforts. After all, it is not a matter of fact to bifurcate the farmers from the nation. We all will live, progress and development togetherly and peacefully.”