Farm Laws 2020: Beginning of a New Era and controversy behind
5 Jan 2021
Farmers, a community, which gives us food to keep us alive, but the same was always kept under poverty in a planned manner by our policy makers.During the 800 years of slavery, it was only this community who suffered the maximum and always remained below poverty. They suffered atrocities at the hands of Zamindars, Mahajans etc. Their generations remained under loan taken by their fathers or grandfathers. With the fight for independence another fight for land reforms was also fought by our freedom fighters. Therefore after Independence unlike Britain where land belongs to the King, we adopted the principle that land belongs to the tiller of the soil.The phenomenon of APMC and MSP (Minimum Support Price) always remained very useful tools in the hands of policy makers to keep farmers below poverty line always. When there is concept of MRP (Minimum Retail Price) for all other goods produced or manufactures in India, why the concept of MSP was evolved for agriculture produce only is a mystery which we have to understand. Initially MSP was kept even lower than the cost price of any agriculture produce and farmers were bound to sell their produce at that price.