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‘Will not sign on farmers’ death warrant’: Heated debate in Parliament as three farm bills passed in Rajya Sabha

The three bills for the benefits of the farmers were passed in Rajya Sabha on Sunday. The bills were moved by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer welfare Narendra Singh Tomar.

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Three ordinances passed to enable farmers to freely trade and for their economic growth

The ordinances passed are the Farmer’s Produce trade and commerce (promotion and facilitation) Ordinance, 2020, the famers (empowerment and protection) agreement on price assurance and farm services ordinance, 2020, and the essential commodities (amendment) ordinance,2020. According to the Union  Minister, these bills are historic and will hugely benefit the farmers. Farmers will be able to freely trade production throughout the country.

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Narendra Singh Tomar added that these bills are not closely related to MSP “(minimum support price) on reacting to the concerns as raised by farmers that these bills will lead to the sale of their products below minimum support price.

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Opposition parties are against the three bills stating the bills are ill-timed

In the protest against the passing of the bills Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resigned from her post. The opposition parties, farmers and agriculturists are stating the bills ‘anti farmer’. The ordinances are opposed by many opposition parties including Congress, AAP (Aam Aadmi Party) and Trinamool Congress. According to the opposition parties farmers contribute 20% to the total GDP of India and after these bills farmers would be made slave and will turn them into a commodity.

Opposition parties are claiming that the ruling Party and Government are deliberately misleading farmers for their own gain and these bills are insult to the whole community of farmers. They added that passing of these bills in the pandemic times is ill timed and ill conceived. However, BJP has explained the need of these bills for the betterment of the famers and their economic growth.

 

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