“We are ready to make amendments but nobody should say the laws are flawed (for the sake of it),” Mr Tomar said at an event.
On Saturday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar again hit out at the critics of farm laws, especially the opposition leaders. the BJP leader suggested that those opposing the new legislations seem to be missing the finer details.
“PM (Narendra) Modi and our government is committed to farmers’ welfare. We are ready to make amendments but nobody should say the laws are flawed (for the sake of it). Nobody is in a position to give answers,” Mr Tomar said at an event.
“During negotiations, I spoke about the prospects of amendments. But I also said the amendment proposals don’t mean the laws are flawed. I put forth the proposal only because the face of their protests are farmers,” the minister said yesterday.
Accusing the opposition leaders of politicising the issue, Mr Tomar said: “Even in parliament, I’ve put forth the centre’s viewpoint. For hours, we heard all the opposition leaders in both houses. Even after President’s address, they (opposition leaders) only spoke about farmer protests. They didn’t talk about laws.”
“It makes me sad that opposition leaders – each time they debated about new laws – they’ve never talked about clauses they oppose. In a democracy, everybody is free to do their politics. But should it be done at the cost of farmers’ interests, national economy?”
“When a change is brought, it becomes difficult to implement it. Some people make fun, some people protest it. However, if the policy and intent is right behind the change, people eventually accept it,” he further added.
Stressing that the laws are mean to bring reforms, Mr Tomar said: “Farmers should be able to send their produce freely at the price they want, where they want to the people they want and they can take risks….the centre has cleared reforms in this direction.”