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Amit Shah at Mehrauli

Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing Kisan Sammelan in Delhi. (Photo: Twitter @AmitShah)

‘Modi true well-wisher of farmers, centre ready for talks’

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the true well-wisher of farmers. Speaking at a public event in Delhi’s Mehrauli, Shah reiterated that opposition is misleading farmers regarding minimum support price (MSP).

“The Opposition is speaking brazen lies. I again reiterate that MSP will continue and mandis will not be closed. The three farm laws are in favour of the farmers. Nobody can remove the MSP system or snatch farmers’ land from them. The government is ready to hold talks with farmer unions with an open heart,” Shah asserted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed nine crore farmers from six states via video conferencing. He released the next installment of the financial benefits – ₹18,000 crore – under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN).

What is PM-KISAN scheme

Under this scheme, financial aid of ₹6,000 per year is provided to small and marginal farmers, payable in three equal installments of ₹2,000 each. The fund is transferred directly to the bank accounts of the beneficiaries.

Day 30 of Farmers’ protests in Delhi

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The farmers continue their protest at the borders of Delhi against the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Meanwhile, Union Agricultural Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the protesting farmers to end their protest and hold talks with the government.

Delhi Police issues traffic advisory amid farmer stir

As farmers have been protesting on the borders of Delhi, Police advised commuters to avoid several routes as Singhu, Auchandi, Piau Maniyari, Saboli and Mangesh borders are closed today for traffic movement.

“Please take alternate routes via Lampur, Safiabad, Palla, and Singhu school toll tax borders. Traffic has been diverted from Mukarba and GTK road. Police also asked to avoid Outer Ring Road, GTK Road and National Highway 44.

“The chilla, Gazipur borders are closed for traffic coming from Noida and Ghaziabad to Delhi because of farmers’ protest. People are advised to take an alternate route for coming to Delhi via Anand Vihar, DND, Apsara, Bhopra, and Loni borders,” Delhi police tweeted.