Bagalkot (Karnataka): Amid protest against the farm laws, Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah on Sunday sought to ally apprehensions over them and said that the three legislations will help increase farmers' income manifold.

Addressing a rally in Bagalkot in the state, Shah said, “The Narendra Modi government is committed to working for the welfare of farmers. The three farm laws will help increase farmers' income manifold. Now farmers can sell agriculture produce anywhere in the country and the world.”

Addressing a huge public rally (Jansevak Samavesh) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College ground in the town on the second day of his visit to the southern state, "Under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM-KISAN) scheme, lakhs of farmers are getting Rs 6,000 per year directly in their bank accounts. The BJP-led NDA government has also given Rs 13-lakh crore worth loans to farmers across the country as against Rs 6-lakh crore given by the Congress-led UPA government earlier," reiterated Shah.

The home minister also pointed fingers at the opposition Congress and said, "I would like to ask Congress leaders who are talking in favour of farmers, why didn't you give Rs 6,000 a year to farmers or make the Pradhan Mantri Bima Yojana or amend the ethanol policy when you were in power?"

Shah also unveiled the new sugar factory of the Nirani group of companies, owned by state minister Murugesh Nirani, who was inducted into the cabinet on January 13 in Bengaluru.

Shah flew to Bagalkot from Belagavi in a helicopter with state Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi.

Shah also laid the foundation for the expansion of Saipriya Sugars Ltd factory to 75,000 tonne crushing per day, 260mw co-generation and 26-lakh kilo litres of ethanol per day at Kerakalmatti in Badami taluk of Bagalkot district.