Updated: December 14, 2020 3:49:58 pm
Even as thousands of farmers continue to protest at the capital’s doorstep, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday said the Centre was open for discussion on the farm laws and that there was no question of taking any “retrograde” steps against the agriculture sector. Singh also said that the recent farm laws — which the farmers want to be scrapped — were undertaken keeping the best interests of farmers in mind.
Addressing the FICCI’s 93rd annual general meeting, Singh said, “Agriculture has been one sector which has been able to avoid the adverse effects of the pandemic and, in fact, come out the best. Our produce and procurement have been plentiful and our warehouses are full.”
“There is no question of taking retrograde steps against our agricultural sector ever. We are, however, always willing to listen to our farmer brothers, alley their misgivings, and provide them with assurances we can provide. Our Government is always open to discussion and dialogue,” Singh, considered to be moderate and pro-farmer leader in the ruling BJP, said.
Singh’s remarks come as the farmers’ protest entered the 19th day and the…