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Government of India to repeal controversial land laws

Government of India to repeal controversial land laws

New Delhi, Nov 19 (Prensa Latina) The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced his government's decision to repeal the three controversial agricultural laws that caused the protests by hundreds of thousands of farmers for almost a year.
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Modi addressed the country on the occasion of a holiday in the Sikh religion and insisted that the laws benefit farmers and apologized to the people, adding that the Executive was unable to convince part of the peasantry, said the Press Trust of India.

Modi also said they will complete the constitutional process to repeal the three agricultural laws, at the next session of Parliament, which begins later this month.

The Prime Minister of India listed various measures taken by his government for the welfare of small farmers, noting that the agricultural budget has increased fivefold.

The Cabinet held a total of 11 rounds of dialogue with the leaders of the Samyukta Kisan Morcha (United Front of Farmers), a coalition of more than 40 agrarian unions, without leaving the stalemate.

India’s farmers movement against the three controversial laws enacted by the country’s Parliament in 2020 completed a year of peaceful struggle in demand of their repeal.

Protestants fear that the laws will destroy the system by which the state buys their crops, leaving them at the mercy of the designs of big business.

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