Centre introduces farm sector ‘reform’ Bills in Parliament amid protests

Vibha Sharma
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 14

Lok Sabha on Monday determined to eliminate Question Hour and personal members’ enterprise in the course of the Monsoon session, inviting robust criticism from opposition members who accused the federal government of stifling democracy.

The first day of the Monsoon Session on Monday noticed Opposition leaders difficult the federal government on many points within the Lok Sabha, together with the scrapping of the Question Hour and the introduction of the three agriculture associated legislations to exchange the Ordinances promulgated amid the Covid-lockdown in June.

 The decrease home adopted the movement to droop Question Hour, with the federal government sustaining that it’s not operating away from dialogue and can reply to all questions raised by the opposition.

During the four-hour plus Session, which included an adjournment of an hour following obituary references to former President Pranab Mukherjee and different sitting and former MPs and Pandit Jasraj who handed away just lately, the Lok Sabha additionally cleared two Bills—the National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2020, and the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020. 

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, who moved the motionto droop query hour, maintained that the federal government was “not running away will reply to all questions raised by the Opposition”. 

“There are so some ways to query the federal government,” Joshi mentioned, including that earlier than arriving at this choice deputy chief within the Lok Sabha and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had spoke to leaders of all events and majority had agreed. 

“I would like to tell leaders who questioned the suspension of Question Hour that all state assemblies including Punjab, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, have run sessions for a day or two and passed several bills. We (Government of India) have decided to run Parliament for 18 days and hold discussion on bills,” Joshi mentioned. He additionally added that in previous 5 years 60 per cent of Question Hour in Rajya Sabha and 40 per cent in Lok Sabha was wasted. 

The home additionally debated three farm Bills—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, and Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Raosaheb Patil Danve the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020—that Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar launched within the Lok Sabha to exchange exist ordinancess. 

Responding to accusations that by means of these measures the federal government was planning on doing away with the Minimum Support Price (MSP), Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar mentioned the help value will keep “now and forever” and added that quite the opposite the measures will allow barrier-free commerce and empower farmers to have interaction with traders of their selection. 

The improvement got here on a day farmers organisations registered protests on the streets and likewise wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw the three “anti-farmer” Ordinances.

Several members of the opposition, together with Congress chief within the House Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Anandpur Sahib MP Manish Tewari and Jalandhar MP Santokh Singh Choudhary protested the Bill. The opposition additionally accuses the federal government of “destroying the federal construction and farmers by giving the agriculture sector into the fingers of some corporates and putting off the help value fully”.

The measures search to creation an ecosystem the place the farmers and merchants benefit from the freedom of selection regarding sale and buy of farmers’ produce, the Agriculture Minister mentioned.


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