Need MSP law, solatium to kin of dead farmers: Tikait

Need MSP law, compensation to kin of dead farmers, says Tikait

He accused the Modi government of 'running away' from a debate on MSP, citing that Modi was in support of MSP during his time as Gujarat CM

Rakesh Tikait. Credit: AFP Photo

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Sunday demanded that the Centre bring in a law to guarantee minimum support price (MSP) for crops to protect the interest of farmers in the country.

In Mumbai to participate in a 'kisan mahapanchayat' (farmers' mega conclave) at the Azad Maidan under the Samyukta Shetkari Kamgar Morcha (SSKM) banner, Tikait said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a supporter of the MSP when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat and wanted a law to ensure farmers' interests were guaranteed.

He accused the Modi-led Central government of running away from a debate over the issue.

"The Centre should bring a law to guarantee MSP to farmers. There are several issues related to agriculture and labour sectors that need attention, and we will travel all over the country to highlight them," he said.

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Tikait also demanded that financial aid be given to the kin of farmers who died in the year-long protest against the Centre's three agriculture laws. Earlier this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the government's decision to repeal the three farm laws, which were at the centre of protests by farmers.

Many farmers were encamped at Delhi's borders since November 2020 demanding that the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, Farmers' (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 be rolled back and a new law enacted to guarantee MSP.

The Centre, which held several rounds of talks with protesting farmers, maintained that the laws were pro-farmer, while the protesters claimed they would be left at the mercy of corporations because of the legislations.

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