Lok Sabha passes 2 agri sector Bills amid protests by Opposition, farmers

Ajay Banerjee

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, Sept 17

Amid widespread protest by farmers throughout the nation, the Lok Sabha handed two extra farm sector-related Bills.

This at the same time as Shiromani Akali Dal, part of the ruling NDA mix, protested in opposition to the payments. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, a Union minister and Akali MP, resigned from the Cabinet.

The Congress and virtually your entire Opposition opposed the Bills terming them as ‘anti-farmer’.

The House handed the 2 Bills — ‘The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020’ and the ‘Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020’.

More than 5 hours of debate ensued earlier than the Bills had been handed round 9.45 pm on Thursday.

Sukhbir Singh Badal, the President of the Akali Dal and MP from Ferozepur, stated “the Bills will ruin what we have created as agriculture infrastructure in Punjab in the past 50 years”. He opposed the Bills vehemently.

Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress MP from Ludhiana opposed the Bills and termed these as ‘black laws’. He requested the Central Government, “why are you intervening, agriculture is a state subject”.

Bittu requested the federal government to not implement this in Punjab and Haryana, and take a look at it out in different states. Punjab, he stated, was a border state, ‘don’t needle it’. “Sometime you raise SYL and then you come up such Bills,” he stated.

Punjab Congress MPs Gurpratap Singh Aujla, Jasbir Singh Dimpa additionally opposed the Bills. AAP MP Bhagwant Mann was among the many opposers to the Bill. The TMC, the AAP and the BSP additionally opposed the Bills. The Shiv Sena supported the federal government, the BJD needed it to be despatched to the standing committee.

Justifying the Bills, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Narendra Singh termed them as ‘revolutionary’. “Farmer will be free to sell produce anywhere and to anyone, freeing him from selling the produce only at the designated ‘mandi’. Sales done outside the mandi will attract no tax of Centre or state governments.”

The Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC), will stay in states, Tomar stated, including that Bills shouldn’t be criticised for political causes. The Minimum Support Price (MSP) system will proceed and no contract shall be allowed between personal dealer and farmer that may have an effect on land holding of farmer. Even in case of dispute, the land of the farmer can’t be bought to get well any damages.

Tomar assured that Narendra Modi authorities is dedicated to guard the rights of farmers. The authorities has paid Rs 92,000 crore to farmers throughout the nation by way of the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme.

The authorities says the Bills will present for the creation of an ecosystem the place the farmers and merchants benefit from the freedom of alternative referring to sale and buy of farmers’ produce. Also, it would present for a nationwide framework on farming agreements that protects and empowers farmers to interact with agri-business corporations, processors, wholesalers, exporters or massive retailers for farm companies.

On September 16, the Lok Sabha cleared the ‘Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020’, amid sturdy objection from Opposition MPs, who termed the transfer “anti-farmer and pro-hoarder and pro-corporate”.

The Lok Sabha that assembled for the day at three pm on Thursday was adjourned until four pm following obituary reference to Tirupati Lok Sabha MP Balli Durga Prasad Rao. He was present process therapy for COVID-19 and died at a hospital in Chennai on Wednesday.

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