UK to raise concerns on farm stir with Modi government

The UK Government conceded that India’s handling of the protests had caused alarm

UK to raise concerns on farm stir with Modi government

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Sandeep Dikshit
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, March 8

The UK Government said it would directly raise “serious and specific concerns” over human rights and freedom to peaceful protests with the Indian Government, especially when Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets PM Narendra Modi on several occasions during the year.

Also read: India summons British envoy over discussion on agriculture reforms in UK Parliament

Responding to a discussion in parliament on issues relating to Press freedom and safety of protesters in India in which all dozen speakers, barring one, criticised New Delhi for its handling of farmers’ protests, the UK Government’s Minister of State for Asia Nigel Adams said London had also asked New Delhi to permit Amnesty International to function since it has an important role in a democracy.

Also read: India condemns UK lawmakers’ debate on farmers’ stir

The UK Government conceded that India’s handling of the protests had caused alarm. At the same time, it said agriculture policy is a domestic matter for the Indian Government.

MPs Khalid Mehmood, Teresa Villiers, Virendra Sharma, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Naz Shah, Layla Moran, Seema Malhotra, John McDonell and Brendon O’Hara were among those who sought accountability.

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