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Nitish Rajput: On Farm Laws and their Ground Reality

5 Dariya News

5 Dariya News

5 Dariya News

24 Dec 2020

The Indian Farm Laws of 2020 have very definitely stirred the entire nation up and have led people into initiating a dialogue about farmers and their rights.While most people are trying to make sense of the laws and understand what they really propose, the mainstream media isn't helping a lot. However, a few people have taken the responsibility of bringing to notice the real information and ground level problems of the farm laws.One such person is Nitish Rajput who owns a successful YouTube channel of the same name. Based in New Delhi, Nitish is a reputed name in the Information Technology sector of the country. His YouTube channel aims at providing fact checked information on current affairs. One of his most recent videos titled "Reality of New Farmers Bill (Part 1)" covers a broad outlook on the bills and seeks to explain them in detail. Nitish begins by talking about the current three systems that farmers use to sell their crops, the local market, the APMC mandi and Minimum Selling Price. While the local market system is less favourable, the APMC and MSP are not entirely fair systems either.Next up, Nitish brings the viewers to the three Farm Laws.With detailed research, Nitish explains that the first law enables farmers to sell outside the APMC mandis as well. He mentions that the small scale local farmers already sell outside the mandis but a large scale farmer with big produce will have to go to the APMC mandis. This will end the negotiation power of the large scale farmer because of the intense monopoly of the private players. Farmers, in this case, oppose this law because they doubt the intent of the Government and have serious questions about the private companies which will now get involved- ultimately leading to the downfall of the Mandi system.In the second law, the Government enables farmers to form a contract (of prices and quality of produce) with the private companies. In this case, the problem is the unpredictability and intent of the private companies and the various disputes that are likely to arise in a legal contract. In the third law of essential commodities, the Government is seeking to prevent the hoarding of essential commodities. In this case, the rich private companies with adequate facilities of cold storage etc. would be able to create situations of artificial demand.Towards the end, Nitish Rajput tells us that the states of Punjab and Haryana are dominating the farmer protests because their economies are mostly agriculture based.Nitish ends the video by saying something that is of paramount importance: farming in India is the only place where the owner sells at lower rates and the consumer buys at higher prices. With big steps like the removal of Article 370 and demonetization, the farmer issue is relatively smaller and its solutions are more doable and implementable, that is, if the Government agrees and decides to wholeheartedly work in that direction. 


Tags: Nitish Rajput , Article , MSP , #FarmLaws , Farm Laws , #FarmerBills , Farmer Bills , APMC , Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce Act 2020 , Agricultural Produce Market Committee



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