In the Lok Sabha on Thursday, two bills related to agriculture have been changed. One of these two legislators is the Agricultural Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the other is the Farmers (Protection and Empowerment Bill) 2020 on price assurance and agricultural services. The government has also faced opposition in the Lok Sabha regarding this bill.
Even the leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal and the Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur, who has joined the government himself, has resigned opposing these bills. Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal termed these bills in the Lok Sabha as anti-farmer move and said that the only minister of his party will resign. Soon after, Harsimrat Kaur announced her resignation. Now the question is arising as to why the old NDA constituents took such a step?
In fact, during the lockdown, three agricultural ordinances were brought on 5 June and with the announcement of the Parliament session, farmers especially in Punjab and Haryana took to the streets in protest against these ordinances. The government had indicated that in the monsoon session these Ordinances were promulgated by The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill 2020; The Farmers’ (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Prize Assurance and Farm Services Bill 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 will be passed and passed by Parliament. One of these bills was passed on Tuesday, while the remaining two bills were passed today.
The Congress on Thursday termed the agriculture-related bills as anti-farmer and strongly opposed them inside and outside Parliament and alleged that the government wants to eliminate farmers and benefit some capitalists. Former party president Rahul Gandhi claimed that these ‘black laws’ are being made for the exploitation of farmers and laborers.