Facing attack over the new Land Acquisition Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the land records would be “reformed” for farmers’ benefit and attacked opposition for “spreading lies” that the government is working against the interests of the farming community.
Addressing a public meeting in Bengaluru, he said his government was working to empower the farmers as it realises that the nation cannot make progress till villages develop. Contending that he had lived among the farmers, Modi said he could understand their plight and was working with “good intention” to address their woes.
“How did farmer’s lose their land? Where did it go?… To get a job of a peon for their children or to make them a driver, they used to be compelled to sell their land to pay bribes.. The (previous) governments compelled them to (sell land),” said the Prime Minister who attending BJP’s two-day National Executive that began on Friday.
“Land records will be reformed so that farmers get back their land (which they lost). For this, we will launch a big campaign,” the Prime Minister said.
Targeting opposition which has mounted a campaign over Land Bill without naming anybody, Modi said, “Those spreading lies do not know how to protect interests of farmers.”
He added that “it has been realised that farmers’ plight will not end by throwing crumps at them” and that they need technology for farming, infrastructure, good roads, need irrigation, need electricity, need own house.
He said if saving the farmers’ land was so important, it was equally important to “protect” their livestock. “We need to raise milk production and we need to protect the farmers interest by protecting livestock,” he said.