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There will be an increase in farmers’ earnings: Rajnath Singh

Speaking at the 18th edition of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh touched upon recent developments such as the border tension with China, the set of laws enacted recently to liberalise the farm sector which, he said, would “greatly benefit” the farming community. He also stated how in the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai, Pakistan has been exposed as a “nursery of terrorism” following diplomatic outreach by New Delhi and much more.

Speaking on the Sino-Indian border row in Ladakh, Singh said that the armed forces have been given a free hand to effectively deal with any attempts to change the Line of Actual Control and that the government will not allow any harm to India’s self-respect. “I want to assure everyone that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration, there will be no compromise on India’s self-respect, sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he added.

On the 12th anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, Singh said that the changes made by the Government in terms of national security has ensured that such attacks do not happen again. “The 26/11 attackers came through sea. But now, Indian Navy and Coast Guard have created a security network along India’s coast. The Modi Government has designed India’s security policy in such a manner that another 26/11 is nearly impossible,” emphasised Singh.

Speaking about the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the newly formulated farm laws, he said, “I want to reassure the farmers of this country. They should end their agitation. I invite them for talks. Though I am the Defence Minister, I invite them as the son of a farmer. We can never cheat farmers.”

Singh said that the recent reforms will lead to higher farm incomes. “I can say, as the son of a farmer, that the results will be visible in the next four to five years. There will be an increase in farmers’ earnings,” he affirmed.

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