Rajya Sabha passes two essential farm Bills amid protests by Opposition

Ravi S Singh

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 20

The Rajya Sabha on Sunday handed two contentious farm Bills, which have triggered protests by farmers at a number of locations, amid uproar by Opposition members.

The two Bills — 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 — had been handed by Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The House additionally rejected demand of a number of opposition events to ship the 2 Bills to a Rajya Sabha Select Committee for larger scrutiny.

These Bills will now be despatched to the President of India for assent.

The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 seeks to offer freedom to farmers to promote their produce wherever within the nation.

The second Bill, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, offers for a nationwide framework on farming agreements that protects and empowers farmers to have interaction with agri-business companies, processors, wholesalers, exporters or giant retailers for farm providers.

BJP nationwide president JP Nadda hailed the passage of farm Bills and demanded motion towards all Opposition MPs who had been a part of the chaos within the Rajya Sabha.

Nadda stated the conduct of the Opposition within the Rajya Sabha through the passage of payments was extremely irresponsible and was an assault on democracy.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar additionally hailed the historic transfer by the Rajya Sabha.

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

TMC, different Opposition members climb Chairman’s podium after their demand for voting on the movement to ship farm payments to pick out panel was not thought-about.

The protest erupted on the extension of the House past the scheduled time at present for the passage of the Bills. Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad stated the extension ought to have been by means of consensus and never the variety of the ruling celebration.

Ruckus erupts within the Rajya Sabha as Opposition rushes to Well of House over agriculture-related payments, through the ongoing Monsoon Session on the Parliament House in New Delhi, Sunday, September 20, 2020. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

He recommended to hold on the proceedings for passage of the Bills tomorrow, which was not accepted by the Chair.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh was presiding over the proceedings when the protest erupted.

The lay of the Rajya Sabha recommended that the federal government had the numbers to get the Bills handed.

Meanwhile, the House was adjourned amidst the logjam.

Before the protest, motions from the Opposition benches to ship the payments to House’s Select Committee had been negated by a voice vote.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh conducts proceedings as ruckus erupts within the higher home over agri-related payments. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

The House was resumed after a quick interval of adjournment.

Opposition members proceed with their protest within the Well amidst the Chair proceed the proceedings to cross the Bills with the amendments transfer towards them getting defeated one after one other.

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