NEW DELHI: President
Ram Nath Kovind
on Sunday gave his assent to the three contentious
that were passed by Parliament amid unprecedented drama.
Earlier, the opposition parties, led by the Congress, had met the
and urged him to return the bills for reconsideration. The parties claim that the bills are “anti-farmers” and will pave the way for the end of
Minimum Support Price
The government has denied the opposition charge, saying that the MSP will continue to exist as before. It has dubbed the farm bills as long-pending agricultural reforms that will help increase the income of farmers.
According to a gazette notification, the President gave assent to three bills: The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020.
The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 aims to permit the sale of agricultural produce outside the mandis regulated by the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committees (APMC) constituted by different state legislations.
The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, provides for contract farming.
The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 deregulates the production, supply, distribution of food items like cereals, pulses, potatoes, onion and edible oilseeds.
Meanwhile, protests against the farm legislations have been witnessed in various parts of the country including states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Odisha.
BJP’s oldest ally – Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) – has quit the NDA over the issue.
(With inputs from PTI)