Following Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to introduce three farm Bills

31 oct 2020

Following Punjab, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan to introduce three farm Bills

Last month, Congress president Sonia Gandhi directed states to explore the possibility of passing bills to negate the provisions of contentious farm laws. Congress government in Rajasthan introduced three Bills to counter the Centre introduced farm Bills. The Punjab Assembly passed four new farm Bills including three amendments striking down key provisions of farm laws and eliminating sale and purchase of wheat and paddy below the MSP. The Chhattisgarh assembly also approved the introduction of Chhattisgarh Krishi Upaj Mandi (Amendment) bill 2020 in this regard that declared the entire state as a market for selling agriculture produce to "protect" its farmers from the Centre's farm laws.

Rajasthan's Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal introduced the Essential Commodities (Special Provisions and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020 and the Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation and Rajasthan Amendment) Bill 2020.

The three contentious farm laws -- The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020 -- has seen farmers and the Opposition hit the streets in protest in different parts of the country.