Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation this morning
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the three controversial farm laws that caused massive farmer protests across the country will be repealed, in a stunning announcement that comes ahead of key state elections.
Here are top quotes from PM Narendra Modi's address:
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In my five decades of work, I have seen the difficulties faced by the farmers. When the nation made me the PM, I placed utmost importance to krishi vikas or farmers' development.
Have given soil health cards to farmers and this has helped improve agriculture production. 1 Lakh crore have been given to farmers as compensation. Bima and pension to have been provided. There has been direct benefit transfer as well for the farmers.
Rural market infra has been strengthened. MSP has been raised as well. Micro-irrigation fund has been doubled as well. Crop loan has been doubled too. Annual budgets have been raised in favour of farmers
Our government is doing its best to serve farmers. Efforts are being made to improve their financial well being. Farm laws brought to help small farmers.
Our government is committed to farmers' welfare, especially small farmers. We are committed to serve them fully.
Haven't been able to convince farmers. Only a section of them was opposing the laws, but we kept trying to educate, inform them.
We tried our best to explain to farmers. We were even ready to modify the laws, suspend them too. The matter reached the Supreme Court as well.
Today, while apologising to the countrymen, I want to say with a sincere and pure heart that perhaps there must have been some deficiency in our efforts, due to which we could not explain the truth like the light of the lamp to some farmers.
I want to tell you that we have taken the farm laws back. We are repealing the farm laws, will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month. I urge farmers to return home to their families and let's start afresh.
Whatever I did, I did for farmers. What I am doing, is for the country. With your blessings, I never left out anything in my hard work. Today I assure you that I will now work even harder, so that your dreams, nation's dreams can be realised.