Why is govt ‘running away’ from giving obligation for MSP, asks Congress

New Delhi, September 20

As agriculture-related payments had been tabled within the Rajya Sabha, the Congress on Sunday stepped up its assault on the Centre over the problem and accused it of “running away” from giving obligation for the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Days after their passage within the Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar 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, within the Rajya Sabha.

Tomar mentioned minimal worth or MSP primarily based procurement of agriculture crops from farmers will proceed and isn’t associated to the farm payments that search to provide cultivators freedom to market their produce.

Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala mentioned the Modi authorities would get the “three black bills” handed within the Rajya Sabha via whip. “But no answer — how will the 15.5 crore farmers’ land get MSP, who will give?” Surjewala mentioned.

“Why is the government running away from giving legal responsibility for MSP? Who will take the responsibility for MSP outside the ‘mandi’?” he requested.

The payments are additionally dealing with staunch opposition from farmer our bodies in addition to from inside the ruling coalition. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the meals processing minister from the Shiromani Akali Dal social gathering, resigned from the federal government final week.

Under the MSP, the federal government ensures the procurement of crops akin to wheat and paddy at minimal costs from farmers.

A 3rd invoice, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, that seeks to take away commodities akin to cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion, and potatoes from the listing of important commodities and can get rid of the imposition of inventory holding limits, is to be moved within the Rajya Sabha individually. PTI

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