Agri minister Tomar: Congress doing ‘khoon ki kheti’

NEW DELHI: Speaking on farmers' issue in Rajya Sabha, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said that there was nothing wrong with the three contentious farm laws and while everyone knows that water is required for farming, only Congress can practice ‘khoon ki kheti’.

The Congress members in the house immediately objected to Tomar's jibe and a heated exchange of words ensued between Deepender Hooda and the minister before he could continue.

Tomar went on to say that there was nothing wrong with the three farm laws and farmers are being misled while reiterating that the on-going farmers' protest is limited to one state.

“I want to thank the Opposition that they discuss the three farm laws and even called them the black laws, I have been asking the farmers unions how are these laws black laws? then I will try to correct it. How are the laws against farmers, no one was able to explain me”, the Minister said.

Tomar said that there was nothing wrong with the three farm laws. "Our Government and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been committed to the welfare of farmers. "We have not made it a prestige issue. We havebeen asking what is black in this law and no one is forthcoming," Mr Tomar said, reiterating the Centre’s stand.

Informing the house about the PM Kisaan Yojana he said that when launched, it was envisaged for 14.5 crore farmers with Rs 75,000 crore allocation and additional funds been allocated when more farmers would be registered in the scheme. The Minister said that around one lakh 15 thousand crore has been provided to farmers through direct benefit transfer (DBT) in their bank account.

Ending his speech, Tomar added, 'We have tried to double farmers income and these farm laws a step ahead in this direction and will gong to increase the income of farmers.'


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