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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation on Friday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced that the Centre has decided to repeal all the 3 controversial farm laws that saw widespread protests and requested the protesting farmers to return back to their homes.

This has been almost one year after farmers sat in protest against the three controversial farm laws in Delhi and across the country.

In his address to the nation, PM Modi said the government has formed a committee, comprising Centre, agri experts and farmers, to work on the benefits for the crop growers.

“I shall never stop from doing good work. What I did was for the country, what I will do will be for my country. Trust me, I will work more so that your dreams can come true,” PM Modi said.

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The Prime Minister said the government is working on changing the crop pattern.

The Prime Minister said: “I have seen the challenges of the farmers very closely in my five decades of public life, that is why, when I was given the opportunity to serve the country as Prime Minister in 2014, we gave the highest priority to agriculture development and farmer welfare.”

The PM said that four-prong measures of seeds, insurance, market and savings were taken to ameliorate the conditions of farmers.

Along with good quality seeds, the government also connected the farmers with facilities like neem coated urea, soil health card and micro-irrigation, he said.

The PM pointed out that many initiatives have been taken for the farmers to get the right price for their produce in return for their hard work. The country has strengthened its rural market infrastructure.

The Prime Minister said, “Today I have come to tell you, the whole country, that we have decided to withdraw all three agricultural laws. In the Parliament session starting later this month, we will complete the constitutional process to repeal these three agricultural laws.”

In the spirit of holy Gurupurab the Prime Minister said that today is not the day for blaming anyone and rededicated himself to working for the welfare of the farmers.

He announced the formation of a committee to promote zero budgeting based agriculture, to change crop pattern as per the changing needs of the country and to make MSP more effective and transparent.

The Committee will have representatives of the central government, state governments, farmers, agricultural scientists, and agricultural economists.

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday said the ongoing anti-farm laws protest will be withdrawn only after the contentious legislations are repealed in Parliament.

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Rakesh Tikait said the government should talk to farmers over the issue of minimum support price (MSP) of crops and other matters.

Congress leader and former Union finance minister P. Chidambaram tweeted: “What cannot be achieved by democratic protests can be achieved by the fear of impending elections!”

“PM’s announcement on the withdrawal of the three farm laws is not inspired by a change of policy or a change of heart. It is impelled by fear of elections!” he added.

Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu said the agitation by the farmers has achieved a historic success.

“Repealing of black laws a step in the right direction …. Satyagrah of Kisan morcha gets historic success…. You’re sacrifice has paid dividends…. Revival of farming in Punjab through a road map should be the top priority for the Pb govt ….accolades,” Sidhu tweeted.

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