The government claims the new measures will reform the farm sector and free farmers from the clutches of middlemen
Farmers shout slogans before burning effigies of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Amritsar on Sept. 20 following the passing of agriculture bills in parliament. (Photo: AFP)
Indian farmers are bracing for another major showdown with the federal government after accusing its new farm laws of ignoring their interests and promoting multinational firms.A church-backed body has joined farmers' unions in asking the government to withdraw two laws that parliament passed on Sept. 20. The government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, are measures to reform the farm sector. Since it came to power in 2014, the Modi government has been accused of using policies that support big companies at the cost of farmers and the poor. India has witnessed at least three major protests from farmers in the past six years of the government. In his 2014 election campaign, Modi promised to bring "achhe din" (good days) for all, particularly farmers. But farmers' leaders say he has failed to keep any of his promises. According to National Crime Records Bureau data, distress in the farm sector led to the suicides of 12,360 farmers or farm laborers in India in 2014, up from 11,772 in 2013. Since 2015, the government has not published any data on farmer suicides.
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