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‘MSP isn’t dead’: Union ministers clarify on agricultural bills amid farmers’ protest

As farmers’ protests against the Centre’s agricultural Bills continue, ministers of the central government have started to clarify and appealed to the farmers not to fall victims to misinformation about the agriculture laws. The minimum support price (MSP) fixed for farmers to buy crops has not been abolished and the new agricultural law is in the interest of farmers.

Taking to microblogging website Twitter, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted, “Don’t misunderstand the agriculture law. The farmers of Punjab sold more paddy in the mandi than last year and sold it at more MSP. MSP is also alive and the market is also alive and government procurement is also happening,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

On the other hand, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also tweeted, saying that the Mandis will continue to work like before.

“The new agricultural laws do not abolish APMC mandis. The mandis will continue to operate as before. The new laws have given farmers the freedom to sell their crops anywhere. Whoever gives the best price to the farmers will be able to buy the crop whether it is in the market or outside the market,” Prasad tweeted in Hindi.

Meanwhile, border areas around Delhi are witnessing blockades as the farmers’ protests continue. Tikri and Singhu (Delhi-Haryana) borders have been closed for any traffic movement, the Delhi Traffic Police said on Monday.

Farmers also stayed put at the Gazipur-Ghaziabad (Delhi-UP) border on Sunday late night and a group of farmers was seen sleeping on the road while others were seen sitting closely in a group around a bonfire in the cold winter night. Uttarakhand farmers joined the ‘Dilli Chalo’ protest against the farm laws and arrived at Ghazipur.