As part of efforts to reach out to farmers in Punjab to explain the benefits of farm laws and counter criticism from the opposition, union ministers are holding press conferences and interactions covering various districts of Punjab that will continue during the next seven days. As part of the initiative, the Minister of Civil Aviation, Hardeep Singh Puri, today held a video conference with journalists and people related to agriculture from the Tarn Taran and Amritsar districts of Punjab.
He alleged that some people have been “spreading lies, false propaganda and inciting farmers” against the government by calling the new farm laws “anti-farmers”. He spoke about the benefits of the laws for farmers and the agricultural sector.
During the press conferences, the ministers will speak to journalists, agricultural scientists and prominent people associated with agriculture via video conference from the party headquarters. Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary will hold a video conference with journalists and agriculture specialists from Sangrur and Barnala on Wednesday.
In the following days, the Minister of the Union of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, will offer a digital press conference with journalists from Faridkot, the Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur de Moga and Ludhiana, the Minister of State for Livestock Sanjeev Balyan from Fatehgarh Sahib and Patiala The Union Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Som Parkash from Gurdaspur and Pathankot, the Minister from Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat from Abohar and Firozpur, and the Minister of State for Development of the Northeast Region , Jitendra Singh, from Mohali. The government has enacted the Farmers’ Agricultural Prices and Services Guarantee Agreement (Empowerment and Protection) 2020, the Agricultural Products Trade and Trade (Promotion and Facilitation) Act 2020, and the Essential Products Act (Amendment) 2020 after approval. of bills in the monsoon session of parliament.
Opposition parties have opposed the laws. Shiromani Akali Dal, a BJP ally, resigned from the union ministry and the ruling NDA on farm laws.