Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha passes controversial f.. sector bills; SADs Harsimrat Badal quits Modi Cabinet – Firstpost

Sept 17, 2020 – 21:54 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm on Friday

Sept 17, 2020 – 21:53 (IST)

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Lok Sabha passes controversial farm sector bills

The Lok Sabha passed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 by a voice vote.

Sept 17, 2020 – 21:45 (IST)

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Lok Sabha votes on suggested amendments to govt’s farm bill

All amendments suggested so far, most of them by Revolutionary Socialist Party MP NK Premchandran were rejected by the Lower House. 

Sept 17, 2020 – 21:37 (IST)

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Farmers will benefit from contract farming: Narendra Singh Tomar 

Agriculture Minister said that contract farming is not meant to help corporates, but to help farmers. He said that the bill will ensure that many services will reach small farmers. “Contract will not lead to taking over of land. If the corporates build some infrastructure, it will only benefit the farmer in the end,” Narendra Tomar said. 

Tomar also added that the contracts signed under this law will also have a provision that if prices at time of sale are more than what agreed to at time of contract then farmer will get a certain percentage of the additional profit. He said that the trade outside APMCs will also give the farmers an option to avoid payin the mandi tax imposed by various state governments. 

Sept 17, 2020 – 21:28 (IST)

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Farmers will get better prices now, says Agriculture Minister

Agriculture Minister said that the new bill is not anti-farmer and will lead to more traders competing for farmers’ produce, which in turn will get them better prices. “License, Inspector Raj will end, corruption will end and farmers, traders will be free to buy and sell anywhere in the country,” the minister said. 

Sept 17, 2020 – 21:22 (IST)

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Congress ‘worst pest’ for agriculture sector: BJP

The BJP on Thursday rejected the allegations of the Congress against the Union government over three agriculture sector bills as “complete lies” and alleged that the opposition party was the “worst pest”. The Congress had earlier said that the farm sector legislations brought in by the government defeat the purpose of the Green Revolution and will be “a death knell for the future of farming” as it alleged that the Modi dispensation, akin to the coronavirus pandemic, was attacking lives and livelihood of farmers

Sept 17, 2020 – 21:12 (IST)

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Harsimrat Kaur Badal quits Modi government to protest farm bills

Sept 17, 2020 – 20:57 (IST)

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Agriculture minister says Modi govt made largest-ever budgetary allocation to farm sector

Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar says in the UPA government of 2009-10, the agriculture ministry budget was Rs 12,00 crore, and now under PM Modi’s leadership, the budget has been increased to Rs, 1,34,000. 

Sept 17, 2020 – 20:45 (IST)

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Lok Sabha extended till farm bill is passed

Lok Sabha was scheduled to sit till 7 pm but the time was extended till 8 am to continue the discussion on the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020. Later, the time was again extended till such time that the bill is passed. This is despite several MPs opposing the bill and an NDA ally announcing resignation as protest against the move. 

Sept 17, 2020 – 20:27 (IST)

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TRS says can’t support legalisation of contract farming at cost of poor local farm tenants

TRS MP Bheemrao Baswanthrao Patil said that by bringing in corporate players through contract farming, the government is putting at risk the hundreds of poor farmers who rent farm lands from owners on feeble verbal contracts with little bargaining power. The MP said that landowners will clearly prefer corporates over poor farmers who are ploughing fields on batai (tenants farm the land and split the produce with absentee landlords under this system). 

The MP also said that the bill mentions some grievance redressal mechanism for any disputes but what chance will farmers stand in face of large corporations with infinite legal resources at their disposal. 

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