Regardless of the federal government’s repeated claims that they’ve held a number of consultations with ‘stakeholders’ earlier than the three farm payments have been enacted into legal guidelines, in response to an RTI question filed by NDTV searching for details about such conferences held with farmers, the federal government stated they don’t “maintain any document on this matter.”
The federal government has been repeatedly criticised by the opposition and farmer teams protesting the brand new farm legal guidelines for not holding sufficient consultations earlier than the payments have been handed.
Nevertheless, the federal government has maintained that a number of consultations have been held with farmers.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in an internet occasion streamed stay on Fb on Monday stated that “these legal guidelines have been mentioned within the nation for a really very long time. Many committees have been arrange which then performed many consultations throughout the nation.”
Equally, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had tweeted earlier this month that “intensive consultations, trainings and outreach programmes have been performed on the Agriculture Legal guidelines with stakeholders.”
“A complete of 1.37 lakh webinars and trainings have been performed since June, 2020 the place 92.42 lakh farmers participated,” he added.
A notice from authorities sources attempting to debunk the “notion that the central authorities has not carried out intensive outreach and consultations with farmers and their representatives,” claimed that within the run-up to the bulletins of the reforms, the federal government had consulted numerous specialists, officers, agriculture departments of assorted states and many others.
“Suggestions was additionally obtained from few progressive farmers and educated mandi officers. There have been a number of conferences with FPOs (Farmer Producer Organizations) by means of video conferences. The Ministry additionally consulted a outstanding Farmers union and even did a change within the ordinance after their suggestions,” it stated.
However the newest RTI response acquired by NDTV casts severe doubts over the veracity of those claims.
NDTV filed an RTI question with the Division of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmer’s Welfare, on December 15, 2020, asking for particulars of the consultations, if any, that the federal government had undertaken with farmer teams passing the three legal guidelines.
NDTV requested whether or not the federal government had held any consultations with farmer teams earlier than the payments have been enacted into legal guidelines, and if that’s the case, what number of such conferences have been held. We additionally requested for particulars of those conferences, together with the dates of such session conferences, the names of the farmer representatives that attended the conferences and the farmer teams they have been affiliated to, and the small print of all different attendees of the conferences. We additionally requested them to offer us with a duplicate of the minutes of those conferences.
We acquired a response from the federal government on December 22, saying that the Chief Public Info Officer “doesn’t maintain any document on this matter” and that the request had been disposed of.
NDTV has since filed an attraction, citing the a number of cases that the union ministers have claimed that the federal government had consulted farmers earlier than passing the legal guidelines, and requested that we be offered the total, right and full data.