New Delhi: In an unexpected move, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced his government's decision to revoke the three controversial farm laws that pushed the country's farmers to a long and relentless protest front.
The announcement came on a day the Sikh community celebrate the Guru Purab festival to commemorate the birth anniversary of its founder Guru Nanak. The announcement is also one of the major decisions ahead of the Assembly elections in several states.
"We worked to provide farmers with seeds at reasonable rates and facilities like micro-irrigation, 22 crore soil health cards. Such factors have contributed to increased agricultural production. However, we failed to make them understand the benefits of the new laws and as such, we have decided to roll them back," Modi said.
A section of people also believes that the government has come to its knees at the face of the farmers' massive protest across the country, witnessing several unwarranted incidents fortifying farmers' steadfastness until the controversial laws are repealed.
Meanwhile, PM Modi said that the government failed to convey the right benefits of the laws to certain sections of farmers. "The goal of the three farm laws was to empower farmers, especially small farmers. In the coming Parliament session, we will take constitutional measures to repeal these farm laws," PM Modi said.
Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan have been camping outside Delhi since November 2020, demanding that the laws be withdrawn.
The protests did not stop despite several rounds of talks between the government and farmers, disruptions in parliament and Supreme Court hearings.