Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar strikes essential farm Bills in Rajya Sabha

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 present 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 inside the ruling coalition. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, the meals processing minister from the Shiromani Akali Dal get together, resigned from the federal government final week.

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 have 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 have interaction 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 have 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 resembling 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 is able to drive the farmers to make misery gross sales to non-public firms.

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

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

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

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.”

The payments search to switch emergency ordinances issued earlier.

The agri payments, he mentioned, have been being dubbed as COVID reduction package deal for farmers however in impact, these have been “package for the corporates”.

“How can it be COVID package? COVID package could have been loan waiver for farmers,” he mentioned.

Agriculture, he mentioned, was a state topic and the Union Government was “snatching powers of the states”.

He mentioned the payments could be throwing farmers on the mercy of the corporates.

Farmers didn’t have bargaining energy they usually couldn’t enter right into a contract with corporates from a place of energy, he mentioned.

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

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.

The proposed reforms within the payments have 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 in opposition to the Bhakra Dam that it might 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 present freedom to farmers to promote their produce outdoors the notified APMC market yards (mandis). This, the federal government says, is aimed toward facilitating remunerative costs by means of aggressive various buying and selling channels.

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

It will open extra selections 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 customers in areas with shortages at decrease costs.

The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, seeks to present farmers the correct 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 listing of important commodities and can dispose of the imposition of inventory holding limits, is to be moved individually. — With inputs from PTI

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