Government tables farm Bills, Opposition calls it direct assault on federal construction

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 14

The first day of the monsoon session right now noticed the Opposition taking over the federal government in Parliament over the introduction of the three agriculture-related legislations to exchange the ordinances promulgated amid the Covid lockdown in June.

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Three Bills launched to exchange ordinances

  • The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion And Facilitation) Bill
  • The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill
  • The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill

Responding to the accusations that the federal government was planning on doing away with the minimal assist worth (MSP), Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar assured that the assist worth would keep “now and forever”.

Barriers soften between Houses

  • It was the primary time in practically 100 years of Parliament’s historical past that synthetic buildings within the type of glass shields have been mounted within the LS chamber.

  • Members of 1 House have been allowed to cross over and sit within the different to stick to distancing norms.

On the day farmers’ organisations registered protests and likewise wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the three “anti-farmer” ordinances, the Agriculture Minister launched the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, whereas Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve launched the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, within the Lok Sabha to exchange the ordinances promulgated by the federal government earlier.

Opposing the legislations, a number of Congress members, together with Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari and Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Chaudhary, accused the federal government of “destroying the federal structure and harming farmers by putting the agriculture sector in the hands of a few corporates and doing away with the support price completely”. Allaying their fears, Tomar stated the measures quite the opposite would allow barrier-free commerce and empower farmers to interact with buyers of their alternative. The session, which stretched past 4 hours, was adjourned for an hour following obituary references to Pranab Mukherjee, vocalist Pandit Jasraj, sitting MP Vasanth Kumar and 13 ex-MPs who handed away just lately. The LS additionally cleared two Bills —- the National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2020, and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020.

To empower farmers

It (agri commerce Bill) will really empower farmers to determine the value of their produce. It doesn’t infringe powers of Agricultural Produce Market Committee Act. — NS Tomar, minister

Not taken on board

Categorically rejecting the Centre’s declare that Punjab was taken on board earlier than the promulgation of farmer ordinances, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh stated the ordinances have been not as soon as mentioned with Punjab.

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