Kohima, September 21: Nagaland State unit of BJP on Monday welcomed the passage of three farm bills in the Parliament saying that it will ensure maximum advantage to the farmers while the State would be able to reap the benefit subsequently.
“BJP Nagaland endorses the three bills in toto and congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Agri Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on successfully envisioning the future strength of the country in farming sectors and farmers,” said Nagaland BJP president & Minister for Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along.
The three bills passed in parliament are The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, which seek to promote barrier-free inter-state and intra-state trade in agricultural produce, said Along while addressing a press conference held at his official residence here Monday.
“Let it be known that the Government of the day led by Modi stands for the welfare of the farmers, who are the backbone of this nation,” he said.
Maintaining that there are many doubts created in the minds of the people by the false propagandas propagated by the opposition party and its allies in the Centre, he said the Bills are to provide fair price for crops without the involvement of middleman and also to increase income thereby enhancing the living standard of farmers.
Asking opposition parties not to create false fear in the minds of people, he said “these are also part of their election manifestos but never were they able to implement during their regime”.
The passage of three bills is “historic” and very pertinent to the success of the farming community in our nation, especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic”, he said.
On the benefit of the Bills in Nagaland as the middleman or mandi system does not exist here, Along said “Nagaland’s farming economy is almost non-existent, which is unfortunate”.
But, the initiatives taken by the Central Government under Modi are for strengthening the agriculture and agriculturists by making their profit grow and do well”.
“Even though we are a small state, we do look forward to our farmers doing well… In the days to come, small stages like Nagaland can also envision to produce cash crops and get market connectivity, he said.
“Our farmers need to be educated on the policies of the Centre and the State governments so that they can benefit from such schemes and start to form clusters and set up their own norms in line with the Central government,” Along said.
In this, State BJP Mahila Morcha president Phangnon Konyak said the State BJP has started conducting awareness programme on the different Atma Nirbhar Bharat schemes and it would continue till October 2.
On NGOs and entrepreneurs acting as middlemen between producers and consumers in Nagaland, she said all such organizations will have to work under the new rules. On the syndicate system, she said, the civil societies will have to fight together to do away with the system so that the farmers will benefit.
(Page News Service)