The central government has been surrounded by farmer agitations against the agricultural laws and has spent about Rs 8 crore in the last few months to show these laws in favor of the farmers. This amount has been spent by different departments of the government between September 2020 to January 2021. Through this, the government is trying to clear the ‘myths’ of farmers about agricultural laws.
Modi govt spent Rs 8 crore on ads to burst farm bill ‘myths’
Apart from the agriculture ministry, the remaining ministries of the government have also held press conferences and issued advertisements in the media regarding the agricultural laws. Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told the Parliament on Friday that the Bureau of Outreach and Communication Department of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has spent Rs 7.25 crore on advertising related to it.
Tomar informed that apart from this, the Bureau of Outreach and Communication Department has published advertisements in newspapers in Hindi, English and regional languages. In these advertisements, along with removing the confusion related to agricultural laws, an attempt has been made to make farmers aware of them.
On behalf of the government, it was told in Parliament that the Department of Agricultural Cooperation and Farmers Welfare made three promotional and two educational films to sensitize the general public about agricultural laws and spent Rs. 68 lakhs on them. These films were played on electronic and social media.
Rs 8 crore on ads
During this time, apart from the government, the BJP has also taken a front at the organization level, although the expenditure of the organization is not included in this amount. BJP leaders have held press conferences across the country from Kisan Chaupal.
Despite all the efforts of the government, the farmers are expressing apprehensions about the agricultural laws and they have announced to continue the movement till they are canceled.
Farmers will expand the movement
Preparations are on to expand the movement of farmers against agricultural laws through mahapanchayats. Farmers’ mahapanchayats are going on and in the coming days, farmers will also conduct mahapanchayats in many more states of the country. Apart from this, there is a program to free the toll in Rajasthan, besides stopping the train for 4 hours on 18 February.
Kisan Ekta Morcha has said that Kisan Mahapanchayat will be organized in Ganganagar, Rajasthan on 18 February, Hanumangarh on 19 February and Sikar on 23 February. It has been more than 75 days for the farmers’ movement on the borders of Delhi