Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday praised the Centre for the agriculture and labour reform bills recently passed in Parliament, and said new policies should aim to make farmers aware of modern agriculture science.
Addressing the Sangh’s annual Vijayadashami rally which was this time attended by only 50 ‘swayamsevaks’ due to the COVID-19 guidelines, he also welcomed the government’s new education policy.
Stressing on self-reliance, he said while designing the agricultural policy, farmers should be empowered to control their seed banks, create manure, fertilisers and pesticides on their own or procure from neighbouring areas.
“The new policies should aim to make our farmers aware of modern agricultural science and also enable them to blend that knowledge with the time-tested, contextually relevant traditional knowledge,” Bhagwat said.
Incorporating these changes immediately within the present agrarian and economic system might not be possible. In that case, the policies should focus on creating a conducive environment to translate the suggested changes into reality, he mentioned.
He further stated that a new education policy formed on the basis of extensive deliberations and dialogue has been launched and the Sangh has also welcomed it.
The RSS chief also said that ‘vocal for local’ is a great start in the exploration of possibilities of ‘Swadeshi’.
A policy-making process where all people and parties concerned discuss and deliberate extensively and draw consentient conclusions fosters the spirit of oneness and trust among all.
He further mentioned that the need to decentralise agriculture and manufacturing sectors by supporting small and medium scale enterprises and creating job opportunities has drawn the attention of many intellectuals alongside the policy-makers in this time of COVID-19.
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