Ahead of their assembly with President, opposition MPs take out march towards farm Bills


The opposition leaders are boycotting Parliament proceedings and have laid down situations for return to the Houses

Aditi Tandon

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 23

Ahead of the 5 pm assembly of the opposition delegation with President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday, the MPs of Congress and like-minded events took out a protest march on the Parliament premises to protest towards the passage of “anti-farmer and anti-labour bills” within the “absence of discussions”.

“All MPs of the Congress and like-minded parties are marching from Gandhi statue to Ambedkar statue in Parliament protesting against the anti-farmer, anti-worker Bills that have been rubberstamped in Parliament in the most undemocratic manner by the  Modi government,” occasion chief whip Jairam Ramesh stated.

The opposition leaders are boycotting Parliament proceedings and have laid down situations for return to the Houses. The situations embrace a stand-alone invoice guaranteeing MSP for farmers’ produce and an assurance that such MSP can be relevant to non-public commerce as properly.

The opposition MPs earlier on Wednesday met and signed one other memorandum to be submitted to the President. The memorandum alleges that the federal government is driving roughshod in Parliament and pushing payments with none semblance of debate or dialogue.

Jairam Ramesh additionally slammed the passage by Parliament of the Essential Commodities Amendment Bill, 2020, saying, “Amendment passed to the Essential Commodities Act, 1955, erodes constitutional rights of states. It’s a highly centralising Act and will be rendered ineffective when the nation goes through a time of crisis.”

Explaining the explanations for the Congress opposition to the Bill, Ramesh stated, “There are two clauses. Under clause (a), supply may be regulated only in the case of war, famine, extraordinary price rise or natural calamity of a grave nature. Under clause (b), stock limits may be imposed only if certain price levels are triggered. The manner of reckoning or calculating the ‘stock limits’ attracts the first proviso and the explanation. Reading the two together, it appears that the stock can be cleverly distributed among different value chain participants and, in practical terms, there will be no case of violating stock limits at all.”

Ramesh stated there may be some states the place menace of hoarding is so rampant that the state authorities could want to regulate and place inventory limits.

“Hence, respecting the principle of federalism, the Amendments must apply only if the state government, by notification, applies the Amendment Act in that state. It gives an opportunity for the hoarders and black-marketeers for speculation. In such a diverse country as ours where the situation may differ from district to district within a state such a centralised law would make it very difficult for the states to check black-marketing of goods,” stated the Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha.



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