Farmers Protest: In the first meeting of the new cabinet of the Modi government, an important decision was taken to strengthen the government mandis. The government has also allowed all government mandis established under the APMC Act i.e. Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act to use the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund. This fund of one lakh crore rupees was formed on 15 May last year during the first phase of Corona. Under this fund, there is a provision of 3% interest rebate on loans up to Rs 2 crore.
Announcing the decision, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government has taken steps to strengthen all the government mandis. Citing this decision, Tomar told the farmers agitating for the new agricultural laws that the government has no intention of destroying the government mandis. The Agriculture Minister once again appealed to the farmers that in view of these steps, the farmers’ organizations should withdraw their agitation and talk to the government.
However, Tomar once again made it clear that agricultural laws will not be withdrawn. He proposed that apart from withdrawing the law, the government would consider them respectfully whatever other demands of the agitating farmers’ organizations.
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