Rakesh is the second son of farmer leader Mahendra Singh Tikait, an influential figure in Muzaffarnagar, who is credited with having founded the Uttar Pradesh branch of the BKU on October 17, 1986.
The all-party meeting is convened for the government to put forth its legislative agenda before political parties. Leaders from various parties flag issues they wish to raise during the meeting.
According to Ashok Dalwai, the president of the committee constituted to achieve the goal of doubling the farmers’ income, the new law emphasises on the interests of the farmers.
Speaking to mediapersons after the meeting with farmers, Tomar said: “We have told the farmers that MSP will continue. There is no need to be doubtful about MSP, and there is no threat to it.”
According to the report, sowing for the rabi, or winter, crop season had already covered 348 lakh hectare (ha) by November 27. That is 4 per cent more than in the whole of the previous season and 2 per cent above the average of the past five years.
Earlier, National President of the JJP and former MP Ajay Singh Chautala had asked the Centre to bring a law on MSP.
Farmers from Punjab and Haryana have been marching to Delhi with the demand to roll back the farm laws introduced by the Centre.
The groups announced they would stage sit-in protests outside the residences of the state BJP leaders, besides deciding to continue with the suspension of trains and blocking of road networks near toll plazas.
Addressing a press conference here, Javadekar said that nearly 60 per cent of the country’s population was linked to agriculture sector, but their contribution to India’s Gross Domestic Product was just around 10 to 15 per cent, which needed improvement.
Besides Jha, Congress Lok Sabha member from Kerala, TN Prathapan, and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s Rajya Sabha member Tiruchi Siva have moved the apex court against these laws.
Talking to IANS, the Agriculture Minister said that the two important bills related to agriculture are not being opposed by farmers, but the Congress is giving it political colour in pursuit of vested interests.
These Bills passed amidst massive objections from opposition parties have resulted in farmers, particularly from Punjab and Haryana, launching protests which since then have spread far and wide.
While talking to mediapersons, Dalal said: “It is a historical moment for the Haryana farmers as the new Agriculture acts will give financial freedom to farmers across the state and will reduce the role of middlemen.
In a veiled warning to the BJP, Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, during the debate in the House, said his party can sacrifice anything for farmers’ interests as he came out strongly against the three farm sector-related bills – one passed earlier – and asked the Centre to address the concerns of farmers.
The protests are preceded by sit-ins across Punjab and might increase after 14th September when the Monsoon session meeting will end.
Well known as the Father of Green Revolution, the Indian government awarded M S Swaminathan with Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan in 1967 and 1972 respectively.
In Maharashtra, Maharashtra Krishi Din is celebrated in remembrance of the Father of Green Revolution of Maharashtra – Vasantarao Naik. Celebrating this day on Naik’s birthday (that is, July 1) has its own meaning.
Punjab, which contributes 30-35 per cent wheat to the national kitty, is expecting harvest about 185 lakh tonnes and the market arrival is likely to be about 135 lakh tonnes.
The estimated production of various crops as per the First Advance Estimates for 2019-20 vis-à-vis the comparative estimates for the years 2005-06 onwards is enclosed.