Congress-led Opposition to strongly oppose four ordinances, together with farm-related, in Monsoon Session: Jairam Ramesh

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13

The Congress-led opposition will vehemently oppose 4 of the 11 authorities ordinances, together with three farm-related Bills within the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning right here tomorrow.

Jairam Ramesh, Congress chief whip within the Rajya Sabha, on Sunday stated like-minded non-NDA events had largely agreed on a joint technique to query the 4 ordinances in query — three associated to agri-marketing practices that search to create new buildings, which the Opposition says will undermine the prevailing meals safety internet — and the fourth associated to banking regulation modification, which in response to the Congress will weaken the cooperative banking system.

On the eve of the session, Jairam stated: “We are opposing three ordinances clearly and 100 per cent. Two of these are on agri-marketing and the third is on essential commodities. The Chief Ministers of agriculture-dominated namely Punjab and Chhattisgarh have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi against these ordinances and the Punjab Assembly had even passed a resolution against these.”

Jairam stated these three ordinances weren’t in favour of farmers and the farmer organisations have been additionally opposing them.

“Revenues of agri-dominant states will be negatively affected with these three ordinances. Private companies will benefit through corporate farming. The MSP regime is sought to be eliminated and also the public procurement system. We will not allow this attack on our food security pillars,” stated Jairam, including that Opposition events had a broad understanding on opposing the 4 ordinances, which the Congress has determined to query vehemently.

The three farm-related ordinances are based mostly on the report by a committee headed by BJP’s Shanta Kumar in January 2015.

“Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh are already witnessing public demonstrations against these ordinances. Food security pillars will be finished if these are carried. Remunerative farm price structures will be adversely affected. Moreover, the Centre did not talk to the states about these ordinances when agriculture, we all know, is a state subject. No consultations took place and suddenly these ordinances came,” Jairam added.

The fourth Bill changing the ordinance the Congress will oppose is the Banking Regulation Act Amendment Bill, which Jairam stated sought to undermine cooperative banks.

This is towards the states and the structure, he stated.

The Congress stated it will assist the remainder of the ordinances with some riders.

While backing the Bill that seeks to chop salaries of the Member of Parliaments by 30 per cent for a yr as a COVID austerity measure, the Congress stated it will query the “wasteful Central Vista” challenge and oppose the suspension of the MPLADS funding for 2 years.

“So many works of public importance are hanging fire. The MPLADS must be restored,” Jairam stated.

The Congress stated whereas it will assist the Taxation Amendment Bill, it will strongly oppose one provision on this invoice whereby the PM CARES is sought to be exempted from the tax internet.

“We are against this. PM CARES is non transparent. No CAG audit, no RTI is allowed for it. Many industrialists have given money to this fund and so have some Chinese firms as we learn from some reports. We will demand that if PM CARES has to stay it must be made transparent,” stated the Congress chief.

The Congress has additionally declared assist to the invoice changing the Epidemic Diseases Amendment Ordinance, 2020, to make assault of well being staff punishable and non-bailable and stated it will search solutions from the federal government on COVID mismanagement.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha enterprise advisory committee met at the moment and allotted time for essential enterprise.

Rahul Gandhi to not attend session

Rahul Gandhi is not going to attend the Monsoon session for the preliminary few days and is away to the US along with his mom Sonia Gandhi for her well being check-up. He has knowledgeable the Lok Sabha Speaker of his absence.

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