Will not signal loss of life warrant of farmers: Congress in Rajya Sabha on farm payments

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 20

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday mentioned minimal value or the MSP-based procurement of agriculture crops from farmers will proceed and was not associated to the farm payments that sought to offer cultivators the liberty to market their produce.

Days after their passage within the Lok Sabha, Tomar launched the Farmer’s 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.

The payments are going through staunch opposition from farmer our bodies in addition to from throughout the ruling coalition. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the meals processing minister from the Shiromani Akali Dal celebration, resigned from the federal government final week.

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KK Ragesh (CPI), Derek O’Brien (TMC), Trichi Siva (DMK) and KC Venugopal (Congress) moved resolutions for sending the 2 payments to a choose committee of the House for consideration earlier than they’re taken up for passage.

Speaking on the introduction, Tomar mentioned the 2 payments had been “historic and will bring a revolutionary change in farmers’ lives”.

They search to take away restrictions on advertising farm merchandise and permit cultivators to interact with non-public firms to promote their crops.

“Farmers will get the freedom to sell their produce at any place and person of their choice,” he mentioned including the payments had been introduced after suggestions from stakeholders that the Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) was not doing justice to farmers.

The payments sought to carry competitors and guarantee a good value to farmers, he mentioned.

“There are misconceptions being spread about the minimum support price (MSP). MSP is the government’s administrative decision and not linked to the bills. MSP based procurement was there in the country, is there, and will continue,” he mentioned.

Under MSP, the authorities ensures the procurement of crops similar to wheat and paddy at minimal costs from farmers.

The Opposition events, in addition to the SAD, really feel the payments are step one towards eradicating the MSP which can pressure the farmers to make misery gross sales to non-public firms.

“Union Government wants to help corporates

In the opening burst of a heated debate on the Bills, Congress MP from Punjab Partap Singh Bajwa mentioned the Union authorities wished to assist the corporates at the price of farmers by these payments.

The farmers of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh will likely be most affected, negatively, he added.

The authorities was going forward with the payments despite farmers of Punjab and Haryana having hit the streets towards them.

CPI’s Ragesh mentioned the nation was witnessing large agitation by farmers over the payments. “I request the minister and the government to see the wrath of farmers and withdraw these orders and bills.”

Opponents of the payments see them as an try and dilute the nation’s public procurement system and result in exploitation by non-public firms.

Manoj Jha of the RJD additionally opposed the Bills.

SS Dhindsa, who had damaged away from the SAD of in Punjab and floated a brand new celebration, additionally opposed the Bills.

He demanded referring them to the Select Committee for wider session with farmers to allay their apprehension and take away the infirmities within the laws.

He mentioned: “The farmers of Haryana and Punjab feel let down.”

Refer Bills to House’s Select Committee

Naresh Gujral of the SAD demanded referral of the Bills to House’s Select Committee.

“The people of Punjab have historically stood against injustices, including against the Congress, and will continue to do so against unfair treatment in future,” he mentioned, urging Tomar to not permit the embers towards the Bills in Haryana and Punjab to show right into a conflagration.

Gujral additionally resented for being allotted solely two minutes time within the dialogue to place his celebration’s factors.

The identical farmers of Punjab, who enriched the meals bowl of the nation, felt that their curiosity was being “sold” to corporates, he added.

Gujral, nonetheless, lauded the NDA authorities for having taken measures for agriculture and farmers previously six years than the previous 10-year rule of the UPA.

BJP is available in assist of the Bills

In a counter, Bhupender Singh Yadav of the BJP, who’s a Member of the House from Rajasthan, however a local of Haryana, tore into Congress asking why farmers’ revenue had not elevated previously 73 years.

JD(U), an ally of the NDA, supported the Bills.

Coming in defence of presidency concerning the Bills, Surendra Nagar of the BJP mentioned presently the farmers of Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh weren’t in a position to promote ‘jagari’ — agro-related produce — in Bihar the place they may get a greater value.

Lashing on the Congress, he added that though it dominated for lengthy, it by no means empowered the farmers. He additionally charged it of indulging in hypocrisy by opposing the Bills.

He additionally questioned the Left events as to why the APMC Act was not prevalent in Kerala in the event that they had been involved about farmers.

Former prime minister HD Devegowda mentioned there was apprehension concerning the MSP. He additionally raised questions on the necessity for the Bills on the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposed reforms within the payments had been additionally the suggestions of an agriculture-related committee throughout Manmohan Singh-led UPA authorities. The Committee was headed by the then chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Tongue-in-cheek, Yadav mentioned criticism of the Congress of those progressive payments was harking back to the bogey raised in some quarters in Punjab within the 1970s towards the Bhakra Dam that it will take away energy from water of the rivers.

While Bajwa claimed credential on topic agriculture, saying he was a son of a farmer from Punjab, Yadav hit out saying he was farmer’s son from Haryana.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, seeks to offer freedom to farmers to promote their produce exterior the notified APMC market yards (mandis). This, the federal government says, is geared toward facilitating remunerative costs by aggressive different buying and selling channels.

Farmers is not going to be charged any cess or levy on the market of their produce

Farmers is not going to be charged any cess or levy on the market of their produce below this Act, in keeping with the federal government.

It will open extra decisions for farmers, cut back advertising prices, and assist them get higher costs. It may also assist farmers of areas with surplus produce to get higher costs and shoppers in areas with shortages at decrease costs.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, seeks to offer farmers the best to enter right into a contract with agribusiness corporations, processors, wholesalers, exporters, or giant retailers for the sale of future farming produce at a pre-agreed value.

It seeks to switch the chance of market unpredictability from farmers to sponsors.

Tomar mentioned this laws assured cultivators value they negotiate on the time of sowing itself.

A 3rd invoice, the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, that seeks to take away commodities like cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion, and potatoes from the record of important commodities and can cast off the imposition of inventory holding limits, is to be moved individually.

Rajya Sabha breaks into pandemonium

The Rajya Sabha breaks into pandemonium on the time of course of for voting on the Bills following reply by Agriculture Minister Tomar.

Opposition members walked into the Well and likewise tried to make use of pressure to tamper with the general public handle system on the Chair’s Desk.

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