But the problems that required the law remain. The FCI is unable to source all of the wheat and rice grown in the northwestern states and suffers huge deficits, even though inadequate warehouses lead to rotting of the grains and increasing losses to the treasury. In fact, after scenting for victory, farmers like Oliver Twist are asking for more.
Farmers now want the government to provide the legal guarantee of the minimum support price or MSP for all 23 crops, abandon proposed amendments to the electricity law of 2003 that require farmers to pay cost and demand grants to the state government. They also want fines for stubble burning to be abolished. They also demanded compensation for the relatives of the 700 farmers who died in the protest, sacking and arrest of Interior Minister Ajay Mishra.
In an interview with CNBC-TV18, Mahendra Dev, IGIDR Vice Chancellor said: “The repeal of the three agricultural laws is a step in the right direction. However, the demand from farmers to legalize PSM for all crops is not good.
Sudipto Mundle, member of the 14th Finance Committee, said: “Agriculture is a state matter, but interstate trade, including agricultural products, is not a state matter. When India was a food deficit country, without giving those incentives or assured returns, you couldn’t get the farmers to do what they did during the Green Revolution, especially in the wheat and rice belts. So for the past 50 years they’ve been feeding off this system and you can’t undo it overnight no matter how irrational those incentives may be today so you have to calibrate that very thoughtfully. and the first step is to start sourcing other crops so that farmers can diversify with incomes similar to rice, wheat and sugar cane. “
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First publication: STI