Sunday, January 23, 2022

Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021 passed in Parliament as Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha approve it on Day 1 of Winter Session

Parliament passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, with the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha approving it on the first day of the Winter Session yesterday. The bill seeking to withdraw the three farm bills was moved in Lok Sabha by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar amid ruckus by the Opposition. It was passed in the Lower House without discussion as Speaker Om Birla said debate is not possible in a noisy scene.

The three Laws sought to be repealed include the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Later, the Bill was introduced in the Upper House by Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in the post-lunch session, which was passed amidst noisy scenes.

Speaking on the bill, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said, the opposition parties welcomed the Bill but he however alleged that the government has brought the bill in view of the forthcoming Assembly Elections in five states.

Agriculture Minister Tomar said, the government has enacted the three farm laws in the interest of the farmers but the Opposition adopted double standards on it.

He said, on the holy occasion of Gurunanak Jayanti, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the announcement about the decision to repeal them with an open heart.

Tomar said MSP  procurement has been doubled in comparison to the year 2014. Earlier only paddy and wheat crop was procured on MSP. Under the leadership of PM Modi, MSP procurement was started on pulses, oilseeds and cotton.

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