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Modi to Repeal India Farm Laws Following Protests

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NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India introduced that his authorities would repeal contentious farm legal guidelines aimed toward overhauling the nation’s struggling agriculture sector, in a shock concession to yearlong protests by indignant farmers.

“We have decided to repeal all three farm laws, and will begin the procedure at the Parliament session that begins this month,” Mr. Modi mentioned in a televised tackle early on Friday. “I urge the protesting farmers to return home to their families, and let’s start afresh.”

Mr. Modi’s authorities had stood agency behind the market-friendly legal guidelines it handed final 12 months at the same time as 1000’s of farmers who protested on the gates of the capital refused any compromise in need of repealing the measures. The protesters remained of their tents via final 12 months’s harsh winter, the summer season warmth and a lethal Covid-19 wave that prompted havoc in New Delhi.

Mr. Modi’s authorities argued that the brand new legal guidelines would carry personal funding right into a sector that greater than 60 p.c of India’s inhabitants nonetheless is determined by for his or her livelihood — however has been lagging in its contribution to India’s financial system.

But the farmers, already struggling below heavy debt masses and bankruptcies, feared that diminished authorities rules would go away them on the mercy of company giants.