New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday (September 21) asserted that farm Bills 2020 will empower the farmers to freely trade their produce anywhere.

Terming the passage of the farm bills and the change in the farming sector the "need of 21st century India", PM Narendra Modi said the farmers would now be able to sell their produce at any rate and anywhere they want.

He also stated that these Bills are not against the agriculture mandis.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, through voice vote amid the ruckus caused by Opposition protests.

"Yesterday, two farm bills were passed in the Parliament. I congratulate my farmers. This change in the farming sector is the need of the present hour and our government has brought this reform for the farmers," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

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"These farm bills will empower the farmers to freely trade their produce anywhere. I want to make it clear that these bills are not against the mandis. Farmers can now sell their produce at any cost they want. They would now be free to sell their products anywhere they want. New farm bills will change the economic status of the farmers," PM Narendra Modi said.

Meanwhile, PM Modi also assured the farmers that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) system will continue as before. “I want to assure every farmer that the Minimum Support Price system will continue as before”, PM Modi stated, a day after the Opposition dubbed the farm Bills as the ‘death warrant’ of farmers.

Eight Opposition MPs, namely Trinamool Congress floor leader Derek O’Brien, AAP’s Sanjay Singh, Congress leaders Rajeev Satav, Syed Nasir Hussain and Ripun Borah, CPI(M)’s KK Ragesh and Elamaram Kareem and Trinamool’s Dola Sen were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for a week under Rule 256(2) on Monday for their “unruly behaviour” a day earlier.